"Dictionary of Classical Hebrew" Proves Valuable (Spring 2015)
The eight-volume "Dictionary of Classical Hebrew", edited by David J. A. Clines, was completed in 2011. It covers not only Biblical Hebrew but inscriptions of the Old Testament era as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Its articles include occurrences of the word being defined with prepositions, in construct chains, and in apposition with other nouns, all of which can be helpful to us in improving the parsing information in the Westminster Hebrew Morphology. We began to use DCH more frequently in the spring of 2015 to resolve difficult parsing questions for which our standard lexicon "HALOT" ("Hebrew-Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament" by Koehler, Baumgartner, and Stamm) does not provide much if any guidance.