Review: Key-Words; Or the Englishman's Hebrew and Greek Concordance to Certain Words Which Throw Important Light on Great Doctrines
The Hebrew Student
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... out Early Journal Content at http://about.jstor.org/participate--jstor/individuals/early-journal--content. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not--for--profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 76 THE HEBREW STUDENT. 76 THE HEBREW STUDENT. 76 THE HEBREW STUDENT. 76 THE HEBREW STUDENT. 76 THE HEBREW STUDENT. 76 THE HEBREW STUDENT. to mooted questions in Biblical geography; e. g., Balaam's birthplace (p. 268), the situation of Ramoth Gilead (p. 290), the situation of Mahanaim (p. 233). These opinions are stated in an exceedingly clear manner, and, so it seems to us, are well founded. The worth of the book is self-evident. It is accurate, definite, independent, and not burdened with scientific details, for which the ordinary reader does not care. These scientific details are to be published later under the title of "Topographical Notes on Eastern Palestine." The thanks of Christian readers and scholars are due both editor and publisher for this valuable aid to Bible study. THE PLAN OF CREATION. + A few have written of Genesis and Science who were acknowledged scientists and good Hebraists. Not a few, however, assume to speak upon this subject who do not know enough of science to give their statements authority and whose acquaintance with Hebrew is worth almost nothing. The author of The Plan of Creation, belongs, we fear, to the latter class. The first twenty chapters are scientific in form, and give evidence of extended reading and some ability on the part of the writer. In favor of this portion of the book, it may be said that it is reverent in spirit-a quality altogether lacking in much that is given forth by sciolists. Our duty lies rather with chapters xxI and xxII which contain an analysis and translation of the Hebrew text of Gen. I and II. 1, 4. Here we learn a number of things for which we should be truly thankful if we did not seriously question their correctness: for example (pp. 190, 195, 204, 209) that nK means the thing itself in its entirety, totality, sum and substance, both-also, all, each, atoms of matter; (pp. 191, 199, 201, 214, 217) that t in D'7?1, the : preformative in ;.!p and /* Oan, and 1 in n'l all mean the; (p. 191) that r_ml means force, attraction of gravita tiong (p. 203) that 0Dt1TP. means perpetuity of time; (p. 191) (JD means condition, state, mass; (p. 223) that ;7WP embodies the idea to create and afterwards form the material into something. In his rendering into English, the author makes the ordinary use of the parenthesis (p. 189). Judged by this, he has failed to recognize the pronominal suffixes in1J 2 O, DJ~r[, ' 1 S1Y , '3J'nlvin 1l'53 (pp. 200, 210, 214, 216); also the article indicated in the pointing of i"K and ,p5 (pp. 193, 196). His analysis of the Vav conversive looks strange to us: N3I1. '1l and M'3 created; R, 1 and NR saw. We submit his translation of Gen. I. 1: " In the beginning God created the atoms of matter, now forming the heavens and the earth; agitation and matt r existed contemporaneous with matter." Given a theory, a knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, a lexicon, and a fertile imagination, and such work as the above appears to us a possible result. THE UNION HEBREW READER. ft The lessons in this book are evidently so compiled and follow each other in such order as to lead to the needed familiarity with the Hebrew page. It is clearly well fitted to answer the purpose of its authors.