The Word of God has plenty of RELATED WORDS, some of these words in the bible are been translated with non-connected words in the secondary language, that is why some words are apparently different; nevertheless, through the deep researching and studying we can find the spiritual truth of the God's will through the passages. This book as others helps to corroborate comments, specifically from Strong's Concordance and different books, keeping the Integrity of God's Word first. - Martin Canales
Vine's Expository Dictionary - INTRODUCTION
The writings of the New Testament are based in a large measure on God’s revelation in the Old Testament. To understand the New Testament themes of Creation, Fall, and Restoration, it is necessary to read of their origin in the Old Testament.
The New Testament was written in a popular dialect of an Indo-European language, Greek. The Old Testament was written in the Semitic languages of Hebrew and Aramaic.
For centuries, lay students of the Bible have found it very difficult to understand the structure of biblical Hebrew. Study guides to biblical Hebrew are designed for people who can read Hebrew-and many of them are written in German, which only compounds the difficulty.
Vine's Expository Dictionary - considerations
A. The Place of Hebrew in History. Hebrew language and literature hold a unique place in the course of Western civilization. It emerged sometime after 1500 B.C. in the area of Palestine, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Hebrew language probably came into existence during the patriarchal period, about 2000 B.C. The language was reduced to writing in about 1250 B.C., and the earliest extant Hebrew inscription dates from about 1000 B. C. These early inscriptions were carved on stone; the oldest known Hebrew scrolls were found in the Qumran caves near
the Dead Sea, and they date from the third century B.C.
B. The Origin of the Hebrew Writing System. Greek tradition claims that Phoenicians invented the alphabet. Actually, this is only partially true, since the Phoenician writing system was not an alphabet as we know it today.
C. A Concise History of the Hebrew Bible. Undoubtedly the text of the Hebrew Bible was updated and revised several times in antiquity, and there was more than one textual tradition.
D. The Hebrew of the Old Testament. The Hebrew of the Old Testament does not have one neat and concise structure; the Old Testament was written over such a long span of time that we cannot expect to have one uniform linguistic tradition.
E. Characteristics of the Hebrew Language. Because Hebrew is a Semitic language, its structure and function are quite different from Indo-European languages such as French, German, Spanish, and English. A number of Hebrew consonants cannot be transformed exactly into English letters.
F. The Form of Words (Morphology). In principle, the basic Hebrew word consists of a three-consonant root and three vowels-two internal and one final (though the final vowel is often not pronounced). We might diagram the typical Hebrew word in this manner: C1+V1+C2+V2+C3+V3
Using the word katab as an example, the diagram would look like this:
K + A + T + A + B + _
The different forms of Hebrew words always keep the three consonants in the same relative positions, but they change the vowels inserted between the consonants. For example, koteb is the participle of katab, while katob is the infinitive.
By extending the verbal forms of their words, Hebrew writers were able to develop very extensive and complex meanings. For example, they could do this by adding syllables at the beginning of the three-consonant root, like this:
Root = KTB
yi + ketob-"let him write"
we + katab-"and he will write"
how this book can be useful
The Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament will be a useful tool in the hands of the
student who has little or no formal training in the Hebrew language. It will open up the
treasures of truth that often lie buried in the original language of the Old Testament,
sometimes close to the surface and sometimes deeply imbedded far beneath the surface.
The student trained in Hebrew will find the Expository Dictionary to be a handy
reference source. But the student without Hebrew training will experience a special thrill
in being able to use this study tool in digging out truths from the Hebrew Bible not
otherwise accessible to him.