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Learn Biblical Hebrew: A Guide to Learning the Hebrew Alphabet, Vocabulary and Sentence Structure of the Hebrew Bible [Paperback]

Jeff A. Benner
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3 May 2004 1589395840 978-1589395848 Bilingual
Anyone interested in learning to read the Hebrew Bible in its original language will find within the pages of this book all the resources needed to begin this wonderful journey. The book is laid out in four parts. The first part teaches the Hebrew alphabet through a series of lessons. The second part teaches word and sentence structure of the Hebrew language by breaking down each Hebrew word in Genesis chapter one, verses one through five. The Hebrew text of Genesis chapter one is provided for reading and comprehension practices in part three. The fourth part of the book contains charts and dictionaries of prefixes, suffixes, words and roots of the Hebrew language to assist the reader with vocabulary definitions and comprehension. Within a short amount of time the Hebrew student will soon be reading the Bible through the eyes of the author rather than the opinions of a translator.

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing; Bilingual edition (3 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589395840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589395848
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mr. Benner, founder of the Ancient Hebrew Research Center (www.ancient-hebrew.org) and the Mechanical Translation of the Hebrew Bible Project (www.mechanical-translation.org), has authored many books on the subject of the Ancient Hebrew alphabet, language and culture and speaks around the country on this same subject. Mr. Benner's goal is to teach proper Biblical interpretation by providing others with the tools needed to read and understand the Bible from its original Hebraic context.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for beginners 18 July 2007
By Martin
I knew nothing about Hebrew, but this book enabled me to quickly read and understand the start of Genesis 1. Although this book is small it is laid out in such a way that you learn the basics quickly and remain enthusiastic. However, after this great start you will undoubtedly need another book to continue your study.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first step is most important. 1 Aug 2005
By A Customer
If you've got an interest in learning Biblical Hebrew, I can't recommend this book highly enough as a beginning. It makes learning the letters of the "alephbeyt" their prounciation so simple. Then you can start building the vocabulary. You really will be reading and understanding sections of scripture in days! I mean there are a couple of typing errors but otherwise the book is perfect and straightforward and the author keeps it a simple as possible. The beauty of the hebrew language shines through from the outset. Following this book I recommend "The Cambridge Biblical Hebrew Workbook." Try them, you'll not believe how simple it is start reading the scriptures in the language God inspired them to be written in!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to reading Hebrew 28 Jun 2008
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The thing I like best about Benner's slim volume is that its very logical, and goes quite slowly and methodically, introducing you not only to the characters of the Hebrew alphabet a few at a time, with plenty of exercises to practice reading both consonants and vowel marks, but also gives useful vocab and notes on how words are constructed. The key here is the system of root words, to which suffixes and prefixes are added to make more complex words - I enjoy this approach to language, though it might seem a little cryptic to someone expecting word for word translations and lots of vocab lists.

Its maybe not the only Hebrew book you should buy, but is a fascinating start point, and the fact you have all the words and even the first part of Genesis transliterated makes double-checking you've got the hang of the letters a simple task. With tables of common roots and lists of prefixes and basic grammar notes this is an ideal reference work as well as a friendly road into a fascinating but complex language. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, if someone had proof-read it? 29 April 2009
By patannk
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Having read Jeff Benner's book, "The Ancient Hebrew Language and Alphabet" and enjoyed it immensely, I looked forward to receiving "Learn to Read Biblical Hebrew", especially after working through some lessons listed on his website,
Lessons 1-7 went well, but in lessons 8-11 I was confused?
At this stage, you meet your first bible verse (great excitement!) but suddenly, the translation of the sentences and the explanation of the grammar etc stops abruptly? I even went to the website to see if a few pages of the book might have been left out?
If you are studying with a teacher, they can, of course, give you the needed information (and correct some of the typos) but as a beginner teaching myself, I found it strange.
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