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The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary (Hardcover) by The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (Author), N. Doniach (Editor), A. Kahane (Editor)

Book Description

The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary is a landmark in the description of modern Hebrew. Using principles developed in English lexicography but never before applied to Hebrew, it is an essential reference for serious English and Hebrew users alike, whether students, scholars, or translators. The dictionary reflects the development of Hebrew in the twentieth century, and with over 75,000 entries offers extensive coverage of current idioms and phrases, slang and colloquialisms, technical and scientific terminology, academic discourse, legal and medical terminology, American and Australian terms, a labeling system allowing easy identification of senses, contexts, and registers.

Product Details

Hardcover: 1118 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (May 1, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0198643225
ISBN-13: 978-0198643227
This is a phenomenal dictionary. Some things that make it so great:

1) Huge numbers of usage examples, at a wide range of levels of formality. The examples give information that's lacking in most dictionaries, such as which preposition (s) to use with a given verb. They also contain a wealth of idiomatic constructions. I'm amazed at how much time I've spent just browsing through the examples in this book.

2) Excellent differentiation between multiple meanings of a word. If there are multiple Hebrew words that correspond to a given English word, they are very clearly differentiated, often with examples that further clarify when to use which (see above).

3) The vocabulary covered is VERY comprehensive and covers all ranges of style, from literary to colloquial (including, I was happy to discover, many obscenities).

This dictionary also is not necessarily for beginners. Some reasons that it's not necessarily for beginners:

1) It's English-to-Hebrew only; if you're looking for a very first dictionary, you might do better with a bilingual one.

2) It doesn't list the gender of nouns, nor does it list irregular plurals. (Gender and plurals can generally be figured out, if you know the rules, but it's nice to have them made explicit.)

Since this dictionary is published by Oxford, the English is overwhelmingly British. This is most obvious in the fact that many British idiomatic expressions are included, while American ones seem less well-represented...