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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (1 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193279266X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932792669
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 14.1 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the crowded genre of biblical commentaries, this series will surely find a niche among students and pastors, who need more lexical, morphological, and syntactical help than most commentaries today offer. Tucker's volume reflects a remarkable amount of erudition and hard work, and the appearance of his volume bodes well for the series generally. Bill T. Arnold, Asbury Theological Seminary

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Dennis Tucker is Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures for George W Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mikael Laine on 4 April 2011
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This is a great work, and a promising series of grammar studies for your bedside reading.

The format is very straightforward: each chapter is first spelled out in masoretic hebrew, along with translation, then followed by an explanation of the grammatical meaning of each word.

I especially appreciate the complete absence of any phonetic alphabet readings. They are hard to learn, differ from book to book, and generally are just useless - after all, you already know enough hebrew to be interested in reading it! I find their use to be a burden in works like "New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis", but you need not worry. They do not appear here!

This is not a dictionary, but a word-for-word study of the text. This is also not a commentary, just a textual analysis, so that you can make your own mind about the meaning...

Recommended especially if you don't want any clutter, but just wish to enjoy the text!
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An excellent resource for Hebrew exegesis 7 Jan. 2009
By Benjamin H. Arbour - Published on
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Tucker's handbook on the Hebrew text of Jonah is an excellent addition to the library of any intermediate student of Ancient Hebrew. For those familiar with the basics of Hebrew syntax, Tucker's volume is especially useful. Thankfully, Tucker incorporates numerous recent developments in discourse analysis and linguistic approaches to Hebrew literature into the volume, which further helps those seeking to understand the meaning of the Hebrew text. I highly recommend this volume to anyone interested in understanding the message of Jonah.
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Excellent approach to reading and understanding Hebrew text 22 Feb. 2013
By Jaroslav Melgr - Published on
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This nice concise volume by Dennis Tucker is a very good tool for students of Biblical Hebrew (BH). As indicated by the title, this book utilized the text of the book of Jonah. It contains the usual pattern most BH readers use. That is a verse of biblical text in Hebrew is followed by word/phrase analysis to aid the student in translation. Like other BH reading guide it assumes the reader has at least a working knowledge of BH.

What is different and the reason for my buying of this book is the fact that Mr. Tucker focuses heavily on syntax. Specifically, the book focuses on macro-syntax as Tucker calls it. I like to think of macro-syntax as the big picture or structure of the text on a greater level beyond a single verse or sentence. This is in contrast to what most BH readers focus on, which is micro-syntax, i.e. analyzing word and a sentence without looking at how it fits into the bigger picture. The beauty of reading Hebrew isn't so much the thrill of being able to translate Hebrew text word by word, but understanding what syntax can reveal about the structure of the text and thus the larger picture of what the text is intended to communicate. Wolfgang Schneider's Grammatik des Biblischen Hebräisch. approaches the study of BH from this very point of view.

With focus on macro-syntax the reader can more easily identify units such as discourses, admonitions, and many other literary and poetic forms and structures. In this light, it is important to remember that Hebrew texts were composed and structured to be HEARD and not read, at least in their original setting. Thus these texts are structured accordingly with syntactical and other markers to denominate units and give oral signals to help the hearer better understand the message. This notion is consistent with Watson's seminal work on Hebrew poetry, Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to its Techniques (Library Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies). Likewise, Dorsey's work on Literary Structure of the Old Testament, The: A Commentary on Genesis-Malachi focuses at length on oral typesetting and denomination of larger units.

It is this understanding that drew me to this book and the approach taken by Tucker. And in that respect my expectations were met and the book is a welcome addition to my library. I highly recommend this book.
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Good size and does the job 12 July 2007
By Gene Brooks - Published on
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The small size, simple explanations, and parsing are good for an intermediate Hebrew student. We have found parsing errors, though. He quotes Trible, Sasson, and Waltke-O'Connor through the whole thing. It is not a commentary. It is a syntactical and morphological tool.
Funniest Book in the Hebrew Bible Gets A Delightful Handbook! 20 Aug. 2014
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I took two years of Hebrew at Whitworth University and decided to spend summer break making sure my Hebrew skills remained intact for graduate school (in religious studies). I went through this book twice. I ended up writing a paper on the book of Jonah also--and this particular book was instrumental to my argument and thesis. I found I came to it over and over again. This book is perfect for the returning Hebrew student. It presupposes a KNOWLEDGE of Hebrew (2 years worth, at least!). Don't think you'll learn Hebrew simply by using this book! But if you know Hebrew and want to broaden your reading and translating abilities, I happily recommend this volume. It is stellar. Jonah is, as many know, one of the most funniest books in the Hebrew Bible; reading it in Hebrew, exposing all of the wordplays, makes it all the funnier!
A useful nugget regularly 20 Jun. 2013
By Lowell Hennigs - Published on
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Highly technical in nature, but the handbook provides insightful nuggets from both the syntax and rhetoric of the book of Jonah. This is a necessary resource for serious students of Jonah.
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