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Not Thumbs down, but Thumbs up
on 12 December 2010
I realize that the primary purpose of "reviews" is to review the given product. I must say though that most of my comments will be a response to the review by "Meeper" and his/her title "Thumbs down."
Obviously Meeper has every right to give whatever review he/she sees fit. And, obviously, Pratico's book was not helpful to him/her. Fair enough. But as a teacher of Biblcal languages (in Scotland) and one who was taught Hebrew by Gary Pratico in the early 90s (way before his book was written), I need to say a few things. First, languages (biblical or otherwise) are not easy. Part of learning a language is learning grammar and grammatical terms. There's no other way around it. Second, this book was designed on the basis of many many years of classroom teaching (that doesn't mean it is necessarily good though). Second, I am not so sure that Pratico would say that his book is the best for "distance learning" (I could be wrong). This is one of the many problems I have with distance learning: it almost always necessitates a dumbing down of content. In this case, perhaps a totally new kind of grammar would need to be designed for "distance learning." But I don't think it is fair to judge this book, designed for real classroom teaching, in the context of distance learning. Third, I suppose I am back where I started: learning biblical languages is hard and demands a serious engagement with grammar and syntax...full stop! How else will you be trained to do exegesis of the Bible and use serious secondary sources which, by the way, WILL use grammatic terms and concepts?