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Beginning Biblical Hebrew: A Grammar and Illustrated Reader [Illustrated] [Paperback]

John A. Cook
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15 July 2013 0801048869 978-0801048869 Bilingual
This innovative textbook by two leading experts in Biblical Hebrew combines the best of traditional grammars, new insights into Hebrew linguistics, and a creative pedagogical approach. The material has been field tested and refined for more than a decade by the authors, who are actively engaged in Biblical Hebrew discussions and research. The book includes fifty brief grammar lessons with accompanying workbook-style exercises, appendixes providing more detailed explanations, and a full-color reader-bound at the back of the book for right-to-left reading-that incorporates comics, line drawings, and numerous exercises, all in Hebrew. This work offers a realistic approach to beginning Hebrew, helping students comprehend texts without overloading them with too much information, and it can be adapted to either one-semester or full-year courses. An accompanying website will offer help to both students and professors.

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; Bilingual edition (15 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801048869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801048869
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 801,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John A. Cook (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is associate professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Wisconsin (Madison and Milwaukee campuses), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wheaton College, and Grace College. Robert D. Holmstedt (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is associate professor of Near and Middle Eastern civilizations at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. His primary research interest is the linguistic study of Northwest Semitic languages. Both authors are recognized experts in the Hebrew language.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mistakes have been fixed! 5 Sep 2013
By moose
Format:Paperback
After reading the poor reviews I wrote directly to Baker Academic Press to make them aware of the negative feedback. (I was planning on using the textbook to teach my university classes after using Cook and Holmstedt's draft text for a number of years). It turns out that though Amazon occasionally prints and distributes books as a publisher's proxy, it should never have been printing and issuing this book since it contains colour portions. UK distribution of this book is controlled by SPCK. The problem has now been fixed and if you order (which I highly recommend as it is simply the most pedagogically sound and enjoyable text on the market for both classroom and self-study), you will get the complete text including the full colour reader. (Note to previous reviewers: You should maybe ask amazon for a refund/replacement)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disregard the 'section missing' reviews. 4 Jan 2014
By J. Scott TOP 500 REVIEWER
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My main reason for writing this review is to confirm that the printing error reported in several earlier reviews IS fixed and is no longer an issue. To be fair to this book, those reviews should actually be removed, but since that's unlikely to happen, I hope my 5-star review will help to redress the balance.

Actually, I would have given this book 5 stars anyway. The book has an unusual format which makes the learning process more fun than any other Biblical Hebrew grammar I've ever seen. Read the book from the front, and you have a short, standard Hebrew grammar in 50 lessons (a total of about 140 pages). This is followed by a few lengthy appendices on phonology, morphology, terminology, and how to use a lexicon. Then comes a quite full English/Hebrew Hebrew/English glossary.

But if you start reading the book from the back (like an actual Hebrew book) the fun really starts! This is an illustrated reader with exercises, puzzles, and - best of all - some well known, well-loved Bible stories charmingly retold in full colour comic-book style.

At first glance, the book appears more suited to the classroom than for self-learning - there's no enclosed key to the (many) exercises, and answers don't appear to be given on the companion website (or if they are, I couldn't find them). However the website does contain MANY other useful resources for each chapter in the book, including flash-card exercises, games, tests, mp3 files, etc.
The book also contains numerous 'conversation' exercises which assume the presence of two or more people to practice them.

Each lesson is very short. Teachers will probably wish there was more material per chapter, but busy students will probably be grateful that there isn't.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 6 Aug 2013
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Indeed, the illustrated reader is missing.
The advertising of this book is not correct.
Otherwise the grammar seems to be pretty legible.
But with the omission of the reader, the most important part to make it fun is missing...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not complete 3 Aug 2013
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This books states on both the Publishers website and Amazon that it consists of the Grammar (50 lessons) plus appendices and is combined with an Illustrated reader.
Unfortunately my copy arrived without the Illustrated reader, which I assume was supposed to be bound with the Grammar and appendices.
How this could have happened is anybody's guess, but it is a serious error.

This is of course not a review of the content of the book which seems excellent in its pedagogical approach and is wonderfully laid out in clear and concise fashion.
But it is to warn prospective buyers of this very large omission.
I notice too that the book is printed by Amazon, which I guess is a Lightning print item.
Maybe this is the reason for the Illustrated readers omission.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Textbook 12 Oct 2013
By Dee Maynard - Published on Amazon.com
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Pick it up in one direction and it's a grammar workbook with a variety of activities to help reinforce the lesson. Flip it over and it's a reader with illustrated Bible stories and more user-friendly activities. In the middle, it has a comprehensive glossary and other study helps. We are using this in my seminary class, but I've also been able to work on my own with reasonable success. The only downside I've noted is that the text in the reader doesn't have enough space between lines for students to write notes as they are parsing and translating.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best beginning Hebrew book currently available. 10 Sep 2013
By Carl R. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is quickly paced so students begin practicing what they are learning immediately. The exercises cause students to look at the material differently and use different skills to complete the work, reinforcing what is being learned. The book is an excellent augmentation to presentations in a classroom. I purchased this book as a required book for an Introduction to Hebrew, but have found its exercises to make it fun to use and yet challenging at the same time. I recommend it to those who want to learn Hebrew.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for self-study! 20 Mar 2014
By Magavara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Everything in this book is great, and especially enjoyable are the Bible comics. The one big drawback, however, is that there is no answer key for the exercises, so as a student you never know if you did it right or not. This is especially true for exercises as they become more challenging later on in the book. Even for a classroom setting at seminary this is a bad thing, because a professor usually doesn't have the time to go over all the exercises with you. Publish an answer key with this book and I'll give it five stars.
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what was suppose to be sent 15 Oct 2013
By Tyler story - Published on Amazon.com
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The book that was sent to me was not the full book. There is no illustrated reader in the back, which it is stated that there is. So this book is worth only half as much as I should have paid.
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