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Practical grammar for classical Hebrew [Unknown Binding]

J Weingreen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: University Press; 2nd ed edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007KCWWM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,121,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, But 29 Jun 2008
By Dr Dee
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I learned Hebrew at university through the medium of Weingreen's Practical Grammar. As a reference book it is top notch. As a grammar exercise manual, however, it is unhelpful as it lacks a key. How is a student studying on their own to correct exercises? How indeed. Weingreen deliberately refrained from writing a key in order to keep lazy students out of temptation's way. But this is a drawback to learning a difficult language like Hebrew. Students must have access to correct answers if they are progress and not repeat errors. Perhaps Oxford University Press should be coaxed into producing a key. If not this superb primer will only be of limited use to beginners.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but old fashioned 22 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Weingreen's book is fairly heavy going. It is fundamentally 80+ years old in its approach, If worked through assiduously it will give a pretty good grasp of classical hebrew. I just wish it was less dense. But perhaps language learning is always a bit of a struggle for those who are not natural linguists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well tried and tested survivor 21 Mar 2014
There has been a flood of new Biblical Hebrew grammar textbooks over the past couple of decades, most from the United States, but Weingreen first published in 1939 has stood its own against all of them. The reasons for this are clarity of presentation and a sound pedagogical approach. Explanations are clear and crisp, devoid of excessive verbiage.The book is thorough without being overwhelming and what is particularly important is that the grammar is presented with supporting exercises in lessons that are manageable in size and scope. It is a great pity that Oxford's Clarendon Press has not seen fit to commission an answer key with comments to the exercises, as this would be invaluable to self-learners. However all is not lost because an answer key prepared by a group of users now appears on the internet. If I were allowed to choose only one textbook of Biblical Hebrew then it would be this one and without reservation.
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