Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar Hardcover – 17 Jul 2007
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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?
The one negative comment I can make is that at the end of each chapter there is a monograph on specific topics such as particular commentaries on specific phrases or, more importantly, articles on specific biblical translators/commentators all who are Protestants and the tone of these may be construed as offensive, especially if one is a Catholic.
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The Hebrew books arrived in good condition.I am rereading Hebbrew,and the grammar is a good working instrument for this.Published 15 months ago by Anna Zachariasen
Very long delivery time, and the book was not very go conservated.Published 16 months ago by Jette Brinckmann