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Learn Biblical Hebrew [Paperback]

John H. Dobson
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  • Paperback: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 Rep Rev edition (5 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801097428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801097423
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is how we want to learn Hebrew!" John Dobson has travelled to many countries as a teacher of biblical Hebrew. This course is based on his experience teaching groups ranging in size from a few people to over one hundred students, language students as well as those who have never studied a foreign language before, English speakers as well as those for whom English is a second language. The material can be used with equal ease in: *an intensive six-week course *a regular academic language programme *a part-time extension module *self-study, possibly with a mentor To develop his highly effective teaching method, John Dobson has applied the latest research findings on how people learn. This second edition of Learn Biblical Hebrew has been updated and revised. It is a complete student textbook as well as a comprehensive resource for teachers. The Rev John Dobson (M.A. Oxon, B.D. London) is known around the world for his infectious enthusiasm in encouraging the learning of New Testament Greek with meaningful understanding and enjoyment.

Thousands of students have benerfitted from his teaching, in colleges and universities in the USA and the UK and countries as far afield as Uganda and Pakistan. He is also the author of Learn Biblical Hebrew. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best way of learning biblical Hebrew 27 Mar 2008
I have been trying to learn Hebrew as a part of my theological education at university, but so far in vain. The material used in class focuses mainly on grammar and less on reading and understanding, and I find it extremely difficult to learn parsing, rules, exceptions, etc. by heart. And fortunately I don't have to any more. I bought Dobson's excellent book, and as stated on the cover, I was reading and understanding passages from the Hebrew Bible after only two hours. It wasn't easy, but still a lot easier and infinitely more fun and motivating than the university approach.

Dobson teaches words and their use, and when topics of grammar arise, he explains by means of examples, exercises, etc. And in my opinion this practical approach to grammar is a lot easier to understand, compared to learning an endless number of rules. The grammar drills include using certain word forms in a number of ways, and translating sentences from Hebrew to English, and (probably more important for learning purposes) from English to Hebrew. The pleasure of being able to translate actual sentences into Hebrew after only a few hours of studying is hard to describe.

One of the brilliant things about Dobson's book is that the student almost immediately gets the feeling of being able to read, understand, and even translate. At first, only simple phrases and sentences, but pretty soon long and rather complex narratives. The lessons take approx. 2 - 3 hours each, and after lesson 25 I can actually read and understand the bulk of the Hebrew Bible, as well as discover and understand interesting grammatical points, word plays, etc. I cannot recommend this book enough. I have been through 5 or 6 books on the subject, but absolutely nothing compares to Dobson's. In my opinion, this is by far the best way of learning biblical Hebrew.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for learners 5 May 2004
This is an excellent book for those learning Biblical Hebrew. It uses a more inductive approach than other textbooks, giving examples and exercises to help the learner see and understand how Hebrew grammar works rather than focussing on memorising of formal and rather abstract grammar rules. For the current generation of students who have not much knowledge of formal grammar, having never studied Latin or Greek in grammar school, this is a much better book than most others. I attended an intensive "Hebrew in a week" course using this book and we learnt more Hebrew in five days than most seminary students learn in a semester.
One question: The previous edition came with a casette tape. This contains reading exercises from the book and is an essential accompanyment to it. Does the 2003 edition come with a casette or CD?
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT indeed, 9 Jun 2007
By Mr. B. M. Abel VINE VOICE
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Learning biblical hebrew can be a dounting task. Not only because it is not as simple and straight forwards as its modern counterpart, but also and mainly because the few existing books that are available on that topic, tend to cram your head with endless and boring grammar rules, exceptions and whatever they can create to make your life a misery .

Well, be ready for a chock with that book .

It is awesome .. easy to use, even if your self studying, the grammar is clear, loads of exercices and.. it s pleasant to use..

I would not say fun as learning is seldom fun, BUT it sure does make the task of learning Old Testament Hebrew pleasant and does trigger some smiles along the way

The textbook comes with a CD rom .. VERY useful for getting a grasp of the language and also.. for learning .. without learning ..

"you listen .. you understand .. you know "

Good news for all students in theology .

The same textbook exist as well for New Testament Greek (Koine)

Get them both and enjoy .. You REALLY will
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best 12 Mar 2008
Dobson has applied his acclaimed inductive method to Hebrew following the runaway success of his NT Greek course. I wouldn't agree with the reviewer below who thought this was a good reference book. What makes this approach so attractive is that Dobson applies modern approaches to language acquisition to classical Hebrew. Hebrew sentences are presented which are subtly varied and built upon so that the student can develop a sense of how Hebrew conveys meaning. Certain types of people are used to learning languages the way we learned multiplication tables. People with certain personality types love learning tables, and then quickly 'calculating' sentences as if they were solving equations. Old-style language teaching encouraged people like this. However, they are a minority, and for most people, complete fluency is better/only achievable by the inductive method used here by Dobson, assimilating grammar in a more natural way. I have no hesitation in recommending both of Dobson's textbooks - NT Greek and Biblical Hebrew. As for the CD - the function is integral to the method. Learning to read an ancient language is not at all the same as learning to survive in a modern language. Hence the CD is not about 'shopping' or 'passport control', but readings of the exercises. Why? Because becoming familiar with a new alphabet is hard, especially one like Hebrew which reads Left to Right, and uses 'points' (dots) instead of normal vowel characters. Dobson's recordings are massively helpful in getting over the first hurdle of fluency in the alef-beit. Go Dobson!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Hebrew
I am starting to learn the Hebrew alphabet to understand the bible better. This book is excellent for hebrew scholars and I am sure that I will use it more and more as I progress,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by mgf
5.0 out of 5 stars The One and Only Hebrew Learning Book You Will Ever Need!
I've been using this book since August 2005 when I first began learning Hebrew just before going to uni to read Biblical Studies. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Yakov
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Good Book
Hebrew is a language that takes some effort, especially at the start, but it really is worth persevering with. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rod
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner
Great little book which is accompanied with a Cd to help the student advance there understanding of ancient Hebrew, especially great for the layman.
Published 10 months ago by Peter White MA 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Hebrew Book and CD Rom
I got to know this author from his Greek publication. I wanted to hear the Hebrew language spoken, hence the purchase. A most helpful work in this field and highly recommended. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2012 by ISD
4.0 out of 5 stars Trying to learn biblical hebrew
I attended a class using a different book, made some progress, but found that after the class I forgot most of what had been learned, and the book was difficult to follow on its... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by D. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and rewarding
I've only just started using this book so I can't comment on it all. It is easy to use and leads you through in a natural unthreatening way. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Angus M
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tool
I love this book! Am about to use it on a week-long residential course which hopefully will further enhance its value. Read more
Published on 11 July 2011 by Marsy
5.0 out of 5 stars J. H. Dobson - Learn Biblical Hebrew
In common with his other textbook, "Learn New Testament Greek", the author gives an excellent and concise introduction to his subject. Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by Godfrey W. Wilson
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