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The Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew Paperback – 17 Dec 2013
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"This is a comprehensive and very well organized textbook, with clear, detailed explanations. It is also one of the most creative and original I have seen, and will be an excellent resource for learning biblical Hebrew." Aaron D. Rubin, Pennsylvania State University, USA
"For a long time, we have needed this new textbook for Biblical Hebrew. Lily Kahn's Introductory Course maintains the highest standards and incorporates the latest linguistic advances, and yet does not overwhelm or intimidate the student. This course has clearly been written by someone who is both an excellent linguist and an outstanding classroom teacher." Siam Bhayro, University of Exeter, UK
"Finally! Here is a Biblical Hebrew textbook that is comprehensive and academically rigorous but also highly accessible. Descriptions of grammatical features are both concise and conversational and follow a well-thought-out order. A succinct reference grammar distills information covered in the more discursive units. There is a nice mix of interesting exercises and immersion in biblical texts, with a firm emphasis on getting students to DO Hebrew. This is a text that will make Biblical Hebrew not just less daunting but fun."- Johanna Stiebert, University of Leeds, UK.
About the Author
Lily Kahn is Lecturer in Hebrew in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. Her publications include Colloquial Yiddish (2012), also published with Routledge, and The Verbal System in Late Enlightenment Hebrew (2009).
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This is what I found completely different about Kahn's course. I absolutely love the stories that make up the continuous narrative throughout the book, as they introduce new vocabulary and grammar structures gradually and at a very comfortable pace. In my teaching experience I have noticed how important is for students to feel 'in control' - although constantly pushed more and more to learn new information, they must always retain a sense of achievement as well, not to get discouraged. The stories give you exactly that, which was a real confidence boost in my Hebrew learning. They also add an element of fun and anticipation in the development of the narrative, which is an incentive to want to know more.
Another strong point is the way the biblical texts are presented in the course - simplified in the first units and less and less so later on. So, you do get a chance to read 'real' Hebrew immediately, but without being intimidated by it (also because all new words are glossed).
The grammar section in each unit is without a doubt the most successful attempt at making a potentially difficult subject matter (in my experience) as simple as it gets.Read more ›
I will compare this new course to two of the most used courses on the market.
a. Biblical Hebrew Grammar, by Pratico and Van Pelt.
This course is probably the most used, and in my opinion a better option than the Routledge course. It is MUCH more extensive but at the same time more user-friendly and takes more time to explain the basics. So Pratico and Van Pelt devote more time to the real basics (pronunciation, alphabet) as well as to more advanced material (verb conjugations). As a result, the reader of their book will have an easier start AND come a longer way than the reader of the Routledge course. The downside to Pratico and Van Pelt is the heavy "evangelization" which both Jewish and Christian Catholics and Orthodox might find out of place. Apart from that, though, it's a much better introduction to Biblical Hebrew.
b. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, by Lambdin.
This is my personal favourite, as it is very detailed on Biblical Hebrew grammar. Then again, it's less user-friendly than Pratico and Van Pelt and more or less assumes a knowledge of linguistic terminology. If that does not scare you, it will give you the most advanced knowledge of Biblical Hebrew in English (there is a much more extensive course yet, but it's in Italian).Read more ›
I previously used the Cambridge Biblical Hebrew workbook, Lambdin and Pratico but left them unfinished as I found them dry and boring. This is why I highly recommend Kahn's book, because its approach is refreshing and provides a very solid base, equal (if not better) to that of the older books mentioned above (e.g. Kahn's contains information about syntax, which Pratico does not). For me, this book proves that language learning doesn't need to be tedious but can actually be fun! The website with all the helpful materials is also a bonus - e.g. getting to hear the audio versions of the texts from the book, etc. - very helpful indeed.