Impression of 1939
|Author||Francis Brown, Samuel Rolles Driver, Charles Augustus Briggs|
|Text||A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament at Wikisource|
A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, more commonly known as Brown-Driver-Briggs or BDB (from the name of its three authors) is a standard reference for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, first published in 1906. It is organized by (Hebrew) alphabetical order of three letter roots. It was based on the Hebrew-German lexicon of Wilhelm Gesenius, translated by Edward Robinson. The chief editor was Francis Brown, with the co-operation of Samuel Rolles Driver and Charles Augustus Briggs, hence the name Brown-Driver-Briggs. Some modern printings have added the Strong's reference numbers for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic words.
In 2013, semitists Jo Ann Hackett and John Huehnergard received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to fund creation of a revised and updated electronic version of the BDB; the resulting Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon will be available through a website (Semitica Electronica) or via print-on-demand.