This familiar, standard work has been edited by Donald White. It has been numerically coded to Strong's Concordance, and otherwise comprehensively improved and redesigned. The words are both transliterated and printed in the original Hebrew. Much reference is also made to Greek words, such as appear in the Septuagint. There are 28 chapters covering nearly 300 subjects, some 350 key Hebrew words. There is a subject index, an index of Hebrew words, and one of Greek words.
''The Bible is to be regarded in two aspects. It has its use for the unlearned, and its use for the teacher.'' The Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New unfolds the truth concerning the Lord Jesus in terms which come home to every heart. The simple student may become a theologian in the true old sense of the word, though he is ignorant of what is called theology. A child will grasp solid facts, and they will meet with living words and cause them to regard God anew.
Unlike Trench on New Testament words, Girdlestone’s Old Testament Synonyms are very useful for most any Christian. It is a feast of learning of the kind that one can employ in many situations. The Hebrew words as transliterated offer no obstacle to understanding of what is being presented to the reader. The distinctions given are certainly interesting and of the kind to add to one’s body of learning.
''It is strange that man, gifted though he is with great intelligence, should need a special revelation of the nature and character of his Maker, still more surprising that he should have to learn from the pages of Scripture the story of his own origin and destiny. Human nature, as portrayed in the Bible, is full of incongruities which at once illustrate the greatness and the littleness of man, his nearness to God, and his fellowship with the dust. The very names of man used by the Hebrew writers indicate the anomalies of his condition, because of the principal words which are used to represent him in four apparently inconsistent aspects: As Adam he is of the earth - earthy. As Ish, he is endued with immaterial and personal existence. As Enosh, he is weak and incurable. As Gever, he is mighty and noble.''
R. B. Girdlestone (b.1836) was head of the translation department of the British and Foreign Bible Society, principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and minister of St. John's Downshire Hall, Hampstead. 356 pages
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