Invitation to Biblical Hebrew: A Beginning Grammar

Russell T. Fuller; Kyoungwon C

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Barcode: 9780825426506

Release date: 30/06/2006

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A tested approach to learning biblical Hebrew in an ideal package for the first-year Hebrew student. This clear, accurate, and pedagogically sound textbook emphasizes the basics: Hebrew phonology (sounds) and morphology (forms). This grammar does not use jargon or technical language, but uses terms easily understood and remembered so biblical Hebrew can be used with regularity and authority.

Review
"In my opinion this is the best grammar available'it teaches the fundamentals of morphology better than any other grammar that I have seen. He goes back to a reconstructed proto-Hebrew and then gives the strong verb and the "weak" verbs and shows the derivational patterns that stem from proto-Hebrew. Very pedagogically focused as well." (Charles Halton blogspot.com 2006-08-01)

"Fuller's method is the best there is. He combines reading a chapter, watching someone explain the concept on DVD, and physically doing exercises out of a workbook (or on a whiteboard in a classroom). If you want to learn Hebrew and your don't have access to a school'buy the book, workbook, DVDs and get studying. If you're teaching a class, integrate this into your semester, your students will thank you. You might ask how I know this works. Well, I was one of Fuller's students and now I'm doing a PhD in Semitic languages so it must have worked for me. (P.S. And no, he hasn't paid me to say these things. I say it because I want to help you learn Hebrew and/or be the best teacher possible.)" (Charles Halton awilum.com 2006-08-01)

"If you have a desire to learn Hebrew, let me encourage you to purchase this grammar, along with the workbook and DVDs. Utilizing the deductive approach, the authors instruct you in a concept and then turn you loose to practice it through pages of drills and exercises. As long as you master each chapter before going onto the next, you can work your way into a solid understanding of the grammar and syntax of biblical Hebrew." (Scott Lamb The Pathway 2006-08-01)

From the Back Cover

The Invitation to Theological Studies Series (ITS) provides primary textbooks for core seminary courses, including biblical Hebrew and Greek, Old and New Testament introduction, biblical interpretation, and preaching. ITS provides foundational works that are both intellectually stimulating and spiritually nourishing.

Based on years of success in the classroom, Invitation to Biblical Hebrew: A Beginning Grammar provides a clear and accurate textbook for the beginning Hebrew student. It focuses on the basics of phonology (sounds) and morphology (forms) so that the student is able to learn the language by reason and rule rather than rote memorization. The textbook also includes helpful discussions of syntax with the ultimate goal of using Hebrew in ministry.

Special features of Invitation to Biblical Hebrew include a sixteen-page color insert outlining morphological principles. Also available are a companion workbook with drills, assignments, and answer keys, and a companion set of six DVDs of Dr. Fuller's classroom presentations.

"I had taken eight semesters of Hebrew courses in the standard way that Hebrew is taught, and in two semesters of studying Hebrew on Dr. Fuller's method I finally learned the language! . . . This is the best way to learn the language, bar none!"

--James M. Hamilton Jr., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

"The textbook stands out on several levels. First, it is a truly elementary Hebrew grammar. It focuses on only what the student needs to know. Second, the grammar utilizes a totally deductive approach. While some modern grammars promote the inductive approach or some mixture of approaches, these authors deftly take students back to the tried and true basics. Third, the true beauty of the authors' method is in how after the students have truly mastered the basic rules, they can then tear apart any Hebrew word and give the reasons why every dot and dash is there, why it is not there, or why the vowel has lengthened, reduced, etc. With this mastery, the student's fear and trepidation about Hebrew melt away."

--Eric A. Mitchell, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Russell T. Fuller (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is associate professor of Old Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kyoungwon Choi (M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Old Testament Department at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

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