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Grammar of Biblical Hebrew (Subsidia Biblica) [Paperback]

Paul Jouon

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  • Paperback: 793 pages
  • Publisher: Pontificio Istituto Biblico; New ed of 2 Revised ed edition (Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8876535950
  • ISBN-13: 978-8876535956
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.6 x 4.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,709,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable reference in English 12 Jan 2002
By S. Blackwelder - Published on
If you
cannot read German but you can read English,
your native language is not a Semitic language,
you have passed elementary Biblical Hebrew and
you are reading the Hebrew Bible,
you must have the two volumes of Jouon-Muraoka handy! They are indispensable, readable and helpful!
If your budget forces you to choose between Gesenius-Kautsch-Cowley and Jouon-Muraoka, buy Jouon-Muraoka now and GKC later. You also absolutely need to have Williams' "Syntax."
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Modern Grammar 26 Jun 2002
By Jacob - Published on
This is the only really up to date Hebrew Reference Grammar. All the most modern and accurate theories are clearly presented, and the guidelines for pronunciation are excellent. Watch out for typos, though.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second only to Waltke O'Connor 26 Dec 2003
By gayelle - Published on
Joön Muraoka is an excellent text. Lots of good info in there, but that info is presented via an old out-moded paradigm. Waltke O'Connor is better, though its prose is turgid. When doing exegesis, it helps to have both texts on hand.
Recently, I did an assessment of the Hiphil using JM, WO, and van der Merwe. Of those three, only WO had an in depth discussion; the information that JM had was shown to be outmoded in WO.
Nevertheless, JM is a keeper.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best reference grammar of Biblical Hebrew 11 Jun 2008
By Jaroslav Melgr - Published on
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This is probably the best, most complete and most up-to-date reference grammar of Biblical Hebrew (BH). Jouon's original work was written quite a while ago in French and was translated into English, revised and expanded by Muraoka. Hence the English edition is referred to as Jouon-Muraoka (JM).

It covers all aspects of BH, spelling/orthography, phonetics, morphology/grammar and syntax. There are certainly other grammars and syntax guides such as Gesenius' (GKC) grammar or Waltke O'Connor's (WO) syntax guide, both of which are very good, but JM put all of these together in one body of work. It's well done and well worth the money. At the same time it's not to say that there one should not go beyond it and get GKC or WO as well at some point. To a person looking for one reference grammar, I'd highly recommend to get this first.

As I've reviewed a number of tools for BH and read a number of reviews by others, I must add one more note. This is a REFERENCE GRAMMAR, not a textbook. All too often people confuse these two. They are not the same and they have different functions. What happens all too often is that folks who are looking for a beginning/introductory textbook see a highly rated reference grammar and get it with the expectation that it's the best tool for them to learn BH. The opposite scenario is often true as well. How disappointed they are when they get it and after reviewing it find out that it's not what they were looking for.

Reference grammars are collections of grammatical principles, arranged by topic, in various degrees of completeness. Textbooks are typically intended for classroom instruction and are organized around lessons, most often formatted for 1st year/two semesters of college instruction) with vocabulary, section on grammar and exercises or reading passages to practice what was learned in each lesson. They typically have appendices with summaries of grammatical principles, verb tables, etc. but are seldom exhaustive and typically cover only what was introduced in the lessons themselves.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, Paul Jouon, S.J.-T. Muraoka 15 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Clear, modern, and standard grammer with Muraoka's additions. Indespensable study tool for linguistic biblical hebrew study.
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