College of Liberal Arts

Middle Eastern Studies Professors Receive NEH Grant to Update Biblical Hebrew Dictionary

Tue, Jul 16, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas –Middle Eastern Studies Professors Jo Ann Hackett and John Huehnergard have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to update and expand the most comprehensive and widely-used English dictionary of Biblical Hebrew. 

The $280,000 grant will allow Hackett and Huehnergard and a team of researchers to update a century-old dictionary titled, Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament of Francis Brown, S.R. Driver, and C.A. Briggs, and make it accessible as an open source work. 

The result of the project will be a free online resource that will greatly benefit students, scholars and clergy. The website, Semitica Electronica, will include aMapping Semitic Languages” project, which will present historical maps and sample texts for all the Semitic languages throughout recorded history. It will also include an electronic database for modern Arabic dialects. 

This project will be supported by Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services. For more details, visit the Department of Middle Eastern Studies website.

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