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on 24 March 2017
Excellent Course at sensible price
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on 11 March 2011
I began teaching myself Biblical Hebrew (BH) about six years ago using Weingreen which I think is excellent in a number of ways. Now, however, I'm at a theological college and I went through Pratico and Van Pelt in my first year. Where Weingreen is very concise, Pratico is comparably long-winded. But it is clear.

The logic of the layout is very good and helps you to grasp the whole system of BH grammar. I've tried to think of better ways of doing it, but this one makes the most sense to me. For example, the verb system is laid out as Qal perfect strong forms, then weak forms, then Imperfect strong, then imperfect weak, and onto Niphal through the system to Hithpael in this way.

The examples they use are from the Bible which is good because they get you straight into the text, but challenging because they may contain elements you have not yet been introduced to. Perhaps a mix would have been better.

Meeper's review seems a little silly, to be honest. It's no use comparing having learnt a European language with study like this. Studying a dead language has unique difficulties; you can't go to the place and have an immersive learning experience and attempt conversations in it even in the classroom. You're stuck with a large text and a culture which you can only read about. The only way in to a good, working knowledge of this kind of language is doing the hard work of learning grammar and syntax and being 'academic' about it. There simply isn't another way to gain facility in this language.

Other reviews have criticised the little sections at the end of chapters which offer comments on certain words or texts. One even declared them unevangelical! I cannot understand why he/she would say this. I found most of them very interesting and even devotional.

Anyway, I heartily recommend this grammar either for teaching or for teaching yourself. For anyone contemplating the latter, no grammar will make the task of learning a language, especially a dead one, easy. It is hard, sustained work and requires real commitment. It is absolutely do-able, but you have to be willing to keep going. The rewards are huge.
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on 20 May 2007
When I first learned Hebrew, some years ago now, I used two different textbooks (Harper and Eaton). I now teach introductory Biblical Hebrew and for several years used the classic text by Weingreen. The advantages of Weingreen are its comprehensiveness, conciseness and copious exercises. But it also has some serious pedagogical weaknesses, as is only to be expected in a book last revised in 1959. For example, important concepts are sometimes explained too briefly and others not at all. I thought I would try a new approach and use Basics of Biblical Hebrew. I am glad I did. The book's emphasis on `diagnostics', rather than on rote learning of paradigms, might not appeal to purists. But the point is it works. By the end of one year of study the students had a much firmer grasp of the language and could explain verbal forms with greater confidence than I had experienced before. Without exception every student in the class, of whatever ability, rated the book as excellent. When I taught an advanced class to students who had used another textbook at introductory level, several bought Basics of Biblical Hebrew to clarify points only partly mastered before. All agreed that the book is a model of clarity. The accompanying workbook gives numerous graded exercises. The accompanying CD could be more user-friendly. But it's not essential. The textbook and workbook stand by themselves. For teachers, however, the numerous overheads on the CD are a tremendous help for teaching a group in class. If you're not of an evangelical disposition, some of the exegetical observations at the end of chapters might irritate you - but these can be skipped over entirely. So, the CD aside, this is a five star textbook.
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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?
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on 29 January 2015
This is a really clear presentation of Biblical Hebrew grammar set in a pedagogical framework that would be difficult to better. The subject matter itself demands commitment, but the authors offer the sort of practical learning support that only their many years of teaching Hebrew could have taught them. Having struggled with other Biblical Hebrew textbooks, which either overwhelm with detail too soon, or leave the student with too many unanswered questions, I would wholeheartedly recommend the approach offered in this well-crafted work.
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on 26 November 2013
great for 1st year students at undergraduate level, you set the pace on this home study course. It is without any doubt beneficial for those who wish to advance there degrees further by reading ancient languages specifically when it is to compliment Theological degrees.
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on 16 May 2015
The Hebrew books arrived in good condition.I am rereading Hebbrew,and the grammar is a good working instrument for this.
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on 16 January 2017
Not as awesome as Mounce's Greek, but the best Hebrew grammar i know of.
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on 5 November 2009
When having to deal with the grammar of any language there is a lot to learn before you can progress to understanding sufficient before you can start to translate even at a basic level. This book helps you to carry out the task in a smooth, logical stepwise manner as it explains the rules required to understanding in a clear manner. One of the greatest problems when learning another language if all you know is English is that there is a great need to understand, even on a superficial level, specific grammatical rules and this book clearly and simply explains them illustrating with relevant examples.

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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on 1 March 2016
a must for serious Hebrew learners
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