The Complete Biblical Library

complete biblical librarySometimes diligent searching through used books pays off. I came into the possession of a set of books that I never thought I would have for a fraction of what they normally sell for. I got the complete set of the volumes that make up the Hebrew and Greek dictionaries of The Complete Biblical Library. They are beautiful hardback volumes of faux leather with gold gilt lettering  .There are 22 volumes of the Old Testament portion (blue volumes). Volumes 1-15 cover the books of the Old Testament while Volumes 16-22 (the part I got) is a detailed Hebrew Dictionary with its own numbering system. There is a Hebrew spelling, a phonetic spelling, a listing of the part of speech, a simple definition, a listing of cognates and synonyms, a concordance of every Old Testament usage, and then more careful explanation such as you might find in a theological dictionary. This is followed by word or page number references to several other works including Strong’s.The New Testament ( brown volumes) is similarly set up. There are 16 volumes with volumes 1-9 covering the books of the NT and Volume 10 being a Harmony of the Gospels while Volumes 10-17 (the part I got) being a Greek Dictionary and the last volume a Greek Grammar with helpful indexes for the dictionary. That last volume has an index to give Strong’s numbers to correspond with their numbers. For some reason the index for Hebrew words is here instead of in the OT set. My only complaint is that the indexes would be more helpful the other way around. I use Strong’s numbering system and wish I could look down a list of Strong’s numbers to find this set’s corresponding number. I hope I don’t have to make my own!

For some reason these books published by World Library Press in Springfield, Missouri are out of print and hard to get. The idea behind this series as brought out by editor Thoralf Gilbrant is to give as in-depth a study aid as is available in the better scholarly works but set up in a way that a Bible student who doesn’t read Hebrew or Greek can use to full advantage. I personally think that is as ideal an approach to further Bible study as I have heard. The Bible is made up of words and as pastors, or Bible students, we must know exactly as possible what they mean. To know less is to shoot in the dark. I look forward to using this set the rest of my life. I’m going to rearrange a shelf so they are reachable from my desk.

I don’t have any insight on the volumes covering the books of each testament as I don’t have them. I’d love to, but in that lightning rarely strikes in the same place twice, I doubt I will. In any event, you are reading from one grateful-to-the-Lord guy for what the Lord dropped in my life this week.

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    • Thought you might like to know that I am in seminary after pastoring for 25 years and the set is great for preparing sermon materials. I am looking to feel my ENTIRE set of 39 volumes total. I am asking $1500 for the entire set which is $700 lower than anything I have found including another full set for $2200. If interested let me know

  1. I have the Complete Bibical Library, Old Testament Bible Study complete in 12 volumes from Genesis to Malachi. I have the Complete 5 volume of the Hebrew – English Dictionary Old Testament. I also have the Complete New Testament Study Bible 19 volumes Matthew to Revelation and The Harmony of The Gospels 1 volume. Last I have the Greek – English Dictionary of the New Testament complete 13 volumes. I am going to sell them all as I am retiring from full time ministry. They are in new condition no writing or marks in them at all. Please let me know if you or anyone you know would be interested.

      • I am not sure, I just put them out for sale and was looking at other sites and seen some going for real high prices. Could you please give me a suggestion? I would like to sell them all together if possible.

      • I’m not sure either. I too have noticed that the asking price runs really high these days, but I’m not sure what actual selling prices turn out to be. I got the sets covering Hebrew and Greek really cheap, but haven’t seen the volumes covering the Bible cheaply at all. Maybe you could research past sales on eBay.

      • Yes, that is what I am going to do, I am interested in selling the complete sets I have. If you have any information on a site to sell them I would greatly appreciate it.

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