Learn Biblical Hebrew Paperback – 5 Aug 2014
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From the Back Cover
Through his teaching experiences, John Dobson developed a method that enables students to read and understand passages of the Hebrew Bible from an early stage. Students from around the world have experienced the effectiveness of his method. Learn Biblical Hebrew provides the basics of a standard grammar but also includes insights into Hebrew narrative and poetry not usually found in introductory textbooks. In addition to the lessons, the book includes a glossary of grammatical terms, a short reference grammar, and helpful indexes.The material can be used with equal ease in: - an intensive six-week course
- a part-time extension module
- a regular academic language program
- self study, possibly with a mentor "[A] welcomed addition to the burgeoning publications of Hebrew grammars. . . . Nothing substitutes for constant drill and frequent reading, and more reading, as students attempt to master the biblical languages. [This text] will help the instructor and the serious student to do just that."
--Mark D. Vander Hart, Mid-America Journal of Theology
"Introductions to each section of the grammar provide a clear view of lesson content and goals. . . . One of the strengths of this grammar is the focus on narrative and its characteristics. . . . Throughout the grammar [Dobson] preserves a focus on context as the ultimate determining factor for translation and meaning. Listing helpful translation guidelines, he gives the student clear direction for translating biblical Hebrew. . . . The treatment of Hebrew poetry . . . is quite understandable and practical."
--William D. Barrick, Master's Seminary Journal
About the Author
John H. Dobson (BD, University of London) was known around the world for his infectious enthusiasm for the biblical languages. Thousands of students have benefited from his teaching in colleges and universities. He taught Greek and Hebrew effectively in many different countries and settings.
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Well, be ready for a chock with that book .
It is awesome .. easy to use, even if your self studying, the grammar is clear, loads of exercices and.. it s pleasant to use..
I would not say fun as learning is seldom fun, BUT it sure does make the task of learning Old Testament Hebrew pleasant and does trigger some smiles along the way
The textbook comes with a CD rom .. VERY useful for getting a grasp of the language and also.. for learning .. without learning ..
"you listen .. you understand .. you know "
Good news for all students in theology .
The same textbook exist as well for New Testament Greek (Koine)
Get them both and enjoy .. You REALLY will
One question: The previous edition came with a casette tape. This contains reading exercises from the book and is an essential accompanyment to it. Does the 2003 edition come with a casette or CD?
Dobson teaches words and their use, and when topics of grammar arise, he explains by means of examples, exercises, etc. And in my opinion this practical approach to grammar is a lot easier to understand, compared to learning an endless number of rules. The grammar drills include using certain word forms in a number of ways, and translating sentences from Hebrew to English, and (probably more important for learning purposes) from English to Hebrew. The pleasure of being able to translate actual sentences into Hebrew after only a few hours of studying is hard to describe.
One of the brilliant things about Dobson's book is that the student almost immediately gets the feeling of being able to read, understand, and even translate. At first, only simple phrases and sentences, but pretty soon long and rather complex narratives. The lessons take approx. 2 - 3 hours each, and after lesson 25 I can actually read and understand the bulk of the Hebrew Bible, as well as discover and understand interesting grammatical points, word plays, etc. I cannot recommend this book enough. I have been through 5 or 6 books on the subject, but absolutely nothing compares to Dobson's. In my opinion, this is by far the best way of learning biblical Hebrew.
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