The Object and Plan of the Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon
From what has been briefly stated in the Preface, it will sufficiently appear that
this Work is intended, not so much to teach the first principles of Hebrew Grammar,
as to provide the Student who has already begun to read a little (ever so little) with
the means of making speedy and sure after progress. Its object is to assist him
in his practice of the Sacred Text, by enabling him to apply the Rules he has learned,
and may be learning; and, by supplying him with the Analysis of every single word in
the entire language, under every form it can assume, it promises him exemption from the
tedium and disappointment of uncertainty in his investigations.
Experience has shown that multitudes of Hebrew students, after having
overcome the first difficulties under the instruction of a living Teacher, abandon
further study for lack of a Guide through the yet untrodden intricacies of the Language.
Our aim has been to provide a permanent Instructor to succeed the Living Teacher in his
function of solving the difficulties of the inquiring Student; and we have endeavoured
neither to mislead by imperfect information, nor to disappoint by suppressing the
explanation of apparently trifling matters.
As an ANALYTICAL LEXICON, this work embraces especially the ETYMOLOGY
and SIGNIFICANCE of WORDS.
The following summary will exhibit the mode of treatment adopted: