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Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar

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Basics of Biblical Hebrew takes the groundbreaking integrative approach of William Mounce's widely used Basics of Biblical Greek and applies it to learning and teaching biblical Hebrew. This book makes learning Hebrew a natural process and shows from the very beginning how understanding Hebrew helps in understanding the Old Testament. deductive approaches. Field-tested at ...more
Hardcover, 476 pages
Published August 14th 2001 by Zondervan
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Aug 08, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Hebrew grammar out there. Can't wait to see the next edition.
Brent McCulley
Make no mistake, this was not easy to work through in a mere semester, but nevertheless, I have successfully muscled through and am proud of the progress I have made in understanding the language. While it was by no means easy, the authors, utilizing Mounce's structure, tried to replicate the success of BBG in BBH. That being said, this text was as easy as they could make it for the first year Hebrew seminarian. Rather than paradigm memorization ad infinitum, they work on memorization of core pa ...more
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Nov 17, 2013 Jacob Aitken rated it really liked it
I took Hebrew under Prof van Pelt. When I took it we used the first edition (with all of its errors!). We were the "guinea pigs." I have mixed feelings about this book. I literally *HATED* it at the time. I am very good at picking up languages but I just struggled with Hebrew, and this text didn't help. All of the reviews criticizing it for offering too much information too early are correct. It Introduces too much information too early on, which overwhelms the learner with a never-ending sense ...more
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Mar 25, 2014 Hank Pin rated it really liked it
The title itself is pretty self explanatory: it is a Christian textbook on the basic grammatical points of Biblical Hebrew. The emphasis, likewise, is not on vocabulary acquisition (after all, that's what a dictionary for Biblical Hebrew is for). Despite the fact that this is a pretty solid textbook that lies out the information in a clear and rational way, it seems crammed at times, condensing a significant amount of information within one chapter.

Regarding the vocabulary and the audio, it sho
Josh Meares
I did not like this grammar at all. It is based on old, out of date teaching methods. The Cambridge Introduction to Biblical Hebrew is much better.
Brice Bigham
Jan 08, 2016 Brice Bigham rated it really liked it
Pratico and Van Pelt have constructed this Hebrew Grammar in such a way that anyone can use it to learn the language of the Old Testament - whether a seminary student, pastor or Church member. The methodology used is concerned with accuracy and memorization of essential grammatical rules and paradigms - yet the authors are very concerned that the student waste no time in useless study. The approach is streamlined to minimize time and maximize rule retention. In addition to the exceptional approa ...more
Hank Pin
A textbook that serves its purpose decently. However, there are a few things that should be kept in mind: first, is that this is a Protestant Christian textbook. Accordingly, the book used the "traditional" Christian phonology (i.e waw instead of vav, tav is also pronounced with a th sound, etc) instead of the modern one. Second, the layout could seriously use some revamp, as parts of the textbook can be a bit unclear, even disjointed, but luckily, with a decent professor, that can be mitigated. ...more
Samuel McCann
Pretty solid grammar. Like any ancient language there are hiccups with trying to teach it and this grammar has its fair share. Though using it along with the help of a solid professor it serves its purpose well.
Evan Duncan
Theological bent bleeds through at the expensive of teaching the language. The content is muddled and excessively confusing, and without the assistance of a good professor, I fear the grammar would lose the student totally. The accompanying workbook is very helpful, however. At the end of each chapter, an excerpt from a scholar or pastor gives a nice perspective on the importance of Hebrew. I enjoyed that, except for the the one section authored by John Piper. He has no place in an academic gram ...more
Dec 24, 2010 Ilya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A textbook of Hebrew for Protestant seminaries; pieces of grammar interspersed with homilies about the need for preachers to know the original language of the Holy Scriptures, and weird exegeses: did the Blessing of Jacob really prefigure the Messianic Age?
Feb 24, 2014 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will teach you what it aims for - the basics of Biblical Hebrew. Make sure to get the "Charts of Biblical Hebrew" in the same series. These are clear and helpful.
John Yelverton
Aug 07, 2015 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
This was a very helpful and clear breakdown of the Hebrew language, how to study it, learn it's grammar, and then translate from the ancient biblical texts.
Apr 26, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
A great intro to Biblical Hebrew. This is the only grammar I have studied for Hebrew but seems well laid out and a solid foundation.
Matt Kottman
Dec 28, 2013 Matt Kottman rated it it was amazing
Very easy to follow. A person can learn Hebrew on their own with this book and a little diligence.
Ian Hammond
May 01, 2016 Ian Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a great joy studying at SIBL this year. Thanking God for great resources!
May 16, 2007 Don rated it it was amazing
Talbot Course: Hebrew 1 & 2
Seminary Standard Textbook for learning basic Hebrew
May 16, 2012 Garrett rated it liked it
Hit and miss.
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