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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: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,978 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By moose on 5 Sept. 2013
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lector TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2014
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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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As reported by others below this book is missing a large section at the back.
I am returning it for a refund.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Jun. 2014
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I bought this book looking forward to a different technique of learning Biblical Hebrew. I was not disappointed. I love the short grammar lessons at the front and the reader at the back is fab. The drawback to this book is that there is no answer key. I have been in touch with the publishers and have been told that the only people entitled to the answer key are the professors who are teaching classes. There is nothing available for self study which is a shame.
If you look on the website there are flash cards, recordings etc which can be used without having the book. You can even download the 'Quizlet' app onto your tablet which is great.
I must also point out that I don't think that this is a book for beginners!
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