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  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Revised edition edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687157862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687157860
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. on 30 Jun. 2009
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This is a very useful book if you have an academic interest in the structure of Biblical Hebrew but it is very difficult to follow if you want to learn the language without any external assistance.It, like many of its competitors, gives you a list of vocabulary to learn at the end of each chapter but much of it is not linked to the associated exercises. The exercises themselves are fairly good as they are all quotations from the bible and not created by the author; from an early stage you are also encouraged to translate selected passages from the bible, which is a good thing. The one serious complaint I have with these selected passages is that at least one of them is totally inappropriate without an excellent knowledge of some of the rabbinic commentaries as it contains a passage in which one of the words is unknown and there is no mention of suggested translations by the author.

The one good thing is that this book gives excellent help with such difficulties as using dictionaries such as Brown, Driver Briggs; something that is essential when progressing further (and completing the translations with in the book!).

There are several better books on the market and when comparing it with that written by Weingreen in 1959 it is quite inferior on an academic and pedagogical level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2002
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This book teaches in small chunks with practice exercises at the end of each chapter -no answers though. The biggest fault with this book is its lack of hebrew-english glossary/dictionary, so you will have to get one of these to complement it. Good for beginners.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Good Intro Grammar - Not so good Intro Text 23 Oct. 2001
By Cory K. Peacock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a fine intro grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Ultimately, however, that is all it is. It gives the basics and does so in a well laid out manner. Finding topics is pretty easy using either the index of the table of contents. Explanations are extraordinarily thorough - this being the primary positive trait of this book.
More advanced grammars are need for the serious student of Biblical Hebrew (see Joüon-Muraoka; Waltke-O'Connor; Gesenius, etc.). But I keep Seow at hand for quick reminders and explanations for my students.
Unfortunately, many teachers seem to think this book serves as an intro text. Seow apparantly thought by adding exercises to the end of every chapter that it could serve this purpose, as well. I disagree. The order in which concepts are presented does not facilitate quick and easy access to the Hebrew text. Seow gives all of the minutiae on a given concept before moving on. One example should suffice: verbs are not even addressed until chapter VIII, before which nouns in all their forms (geminate, segolate, mem-prefix nouns, tav-prefix nouns, etc.), adjective inflection and patterns (qatol, qatel, qatal, qall, etc.), and an intro to BDB and 'Reading Markers and Pausal Forms' have all been addressed ad nauseum.
By contrast, A First Hebrew Primer by Simon, Resnikoff, and Motzkin serves as a fantastic intro text. It's laid out in a manner which gets students into the Hebrew Scriptures much quicker. This may seem like a small thing, but increases the level of interest in the student tremendously.
A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew receives four stars because it's a pretty good elementary grammar. If you're looking for an intro text, though, please look first at A First Hebrew Primer. It will be worth your time. Then you can use Seow's book to supplement what the Primer doesn't deal with as completely.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A good grammar 2 Dec. 2002
By Andrew Fulop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent grammar. However, it is not a do it yourself beginner's book. It requires either a good instructor, or enough of a background in Biblical Hebrew to appreciate the complexity of the grammar and the thoroughness of Seow's approach. There are a few typographical errors. Seow also has a tendency to slip important concepts in without any fanfare. But his reinforcement of the material by picking unaltered Biblical texts to demonstrate is excellent. The addition of a volume with exercises is needed. It is a textbook, therefore not a complete grammar. Gesenius is still good to have on the side.
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Excellent for review, poor for introduction 29 Jun. 2000
By S. Blackwelder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Seow's introductions to noun morphology, the article, prepositions and pronouns are good. However, I found Seow's verb introductions too steep for me, a student who had no previous exposure to Hebrew or any other Semitic language.
Seow does not drill the student enough toward confidence in reading whole sentences and extended passages.
Seow provides excellent excurses about the BDB lexicon, reading markers and pausal forms, nomenclature for verbal patterns and root types, reference grammars, poetic Hebrew, and orientation to the Hebrew Bible.
I do recommend Seow's book as a review text. Because of the steep verb introductions, I do not recommend it as the main text for students who have no previous familiarity with Hebrew or any other Semitic language.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
plenty of "Aha!" moments 10 Feb. 2000
By Glenda S. McKinney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having studied Hebrew by translating Torah, I have found the organization of this book to be immensely helpful. Reading through it, I frequently find myself thinking "Aha! That's why it was like that!" or "Oh, that's why I had a hard time finding that form in the BDB." After hearing plenty of experts tell me how logical Hebrew is, it's nice to actually see the logic of it clearly laid out. It's also great to have the purpose of the trope explained without having to learn to sing it myself.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Very good, very thorough teaching grammar of Hebrew 18 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Prof. Seow's grammar is methodical and well laid out, and clearly informed by a love and deep appreciation for the language of the Old Testament. Another feature of this grammar I liked was the extensive use of verbatim quotations from each book of the Old Testament as part of the grammatical exercises. Highly recommended.
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