Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, One-Volume Edition
Not as comprehensive as others but valuable for people who want to go more in-depth into words of Old Testament. Not as restrictive to scholars, though one can find this in seminary libraries. Worth having as a resource.
September 27, 2012
Great resource for Quick Reference
I've have had the original 2 volume set since 1984 when I took Hebrew. This and Holladay's lexicon are an unbeatable combination in terms of price, ease of use, and helpfulness.
If you have this, you probably do not need to get the Brown-Driver-Briggs (BDB) lexicon because this uses the definitions from BDB as the basis for their further word study. Not every word gets extensive treatment, but many do. TWOT goes well beyond what a lexicon can do in terms of giving you information about the word's usage in the OT, so don't think all you need is a lexicon.
TWOT's biggest advantage is also its biggest disadvantage. Compared to comparable works (Theological Dictionary of the OT, Theological Lexicon of the OT, New International Dictionary of OT Theology and Exegesis), this generally provides briefer articles that give you quicker answers about general word usages.
But this relative brevity is also a disadvantage when you want to get more in-depth information about a word's usage. I often feel quite satisfied with the treatment given in TWOT, but also, there are times I wish it had more depth.
Again, if you are learning Hebrew, the combination of TWOT and the Holladay lexicon will serve you well.
April 25, 2011
Medium page thickness, albeit not smyth sewn, provides an alphabetical listing of every word in the Hebrew Bible, being discussed relative to the level of importance. This was produced in 1980, with 46 scholars of various denominational persuasions being assigned to their own groups of words. Usually the editors allowed them to speak unchecked, but in cases of significance they were moderated to some degree. Also, published material from outside the committee was thoroughly considered and included as needed. What makes this book unique are the cross-references that link together related word derivatives. This is done in addition to the alphabetical listings. There is an exhaustive index in the back tied to Strong's KJV numbering system. I enjoy reading this wordbook. Scattered throughout are useful bits of extra-biblical information coming from various disciplines like history, archeology, and linguistics. Knowledge is power, my man!
March 31, 2007
An excellent resource to understand the heart of our Father. The writers of the Word of Yahweh were Hebrew and not Greek prophets. They thought in Hebrew thoughts. You can use this book to fully understand Yahweh's words, which have been translated into Greek. The first commandment was not to agape Yahweh but to ahab Yahweh. A must to own!
March 7, 2007