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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellently produced grammar by an experienced teacher.
Ross's grammar is obviously written by an experienced college teacher, who has thought carefully about order of material, style of explanation, division into chapter-lessons, exercises for students, etc. A short Part 1 (Signs and Sounds, 6 chs) introduces the basics; the main Part 2 (Forms and Meanings, 34 chs) covers the essential grammar and syntax; and a very useful...
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3.0 out of 5 stars difficult book
I bought this as I am learning biblical Hebrew. I am a language teacher. However, this is SUCH a difficult detailed book, I think for PhD students at the very least. Far too much [unnecessary] complex detail.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellently produced grammar by an experienced teacher., 28 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Introducing Biblical Hebrew (Hardcover)
Ross's grammar is obviously written by an experienced college teacher, who has thought carefully about order of material, style of explanation, division into chapter-lessons, exercises for students, etc. A short Part 1 (Signs and Sounds, 6 chs) introduces the basics; the main Part 2 (Forms and Meanings, 34 chs) covers the essential grammar and syntax; and a very useful Part 3 (Texts and Contexts, 14 chs) gives readings from Genesis with more advanced explanations. This is complemented by Part 4 (Study Aids), with glossaries, full paradigms, index, one-page summaries of every chapter (Lesson Reviews), and 12 blank pages for vocabulary lists etc. These last two features are welcome innovations, and will be extremely helpful for many learners.
The book is very well signposted throughout, including contents summaries for each chapter. The Hebrew font is large and clear. Explanations are well worded, managing to be both simple and thorough. Tables abound, and some highlight unexpected forms (e.g. guttural verbs, p. 89). The exercises look well balanced, with translation into English and into Hebrew (essential for serious learning) roughly equal in length until ch 32, when the latter fades out. And students will certainly appreciate the 'mechanical parsing method' presented for both regular and irregular verbs
Several features delight the eye, e.g. one learns the 'ordinary' article a chapter before the article with gutturals, the Infinitive Construct a chapter before the Infinitive Absolute, and numerals before irregular verbs. Some features cause raised eyebrows, e.g. suffixes are presented in the order third-second-first person, and the 'converted imperfect' is taught as the preterite. A few features may even cause furrowed brows: the 'historical vowel chart' is too complex for ch 9, suffixes on singular and plural nouns in the same lesson look indigestible, as do the suffixes on verbs (always a nightmare to teach). And inevitably there are typos, though I've spotted very few (41 for 40, p. 69; feminine dual, p. 71).
Altogether, Ross's grammar contains all the essentials of a good text-book, and many welcome extras. I'll certainly give it a go in teaching next year's class.
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3.0 out of 5 stars difficult book, 21 Jan 2013
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I bought this as I am learning biblical Hebrew. I am a language teacher. However, this is SUCH a difficult detailed book, I think for PhD students at the very least. Far too much [unnecessary] complex detail.
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