Introducing Biblical Hebrew
In addition to traditional deductive methods and exercises, this first-year grammar includes inductive sections that provide practical translation experience as the student works through passages from Genesis. Well-paced vocabulary and grammar exercises and practical guides to the more technical features...
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In addition to traditional deductive methods and exercises, this first-year grammar includes inductive sections that provide practical translation experience as the student works through passages from Genesis. Well-paced vocabulary and grammar exercises and practical guides to the more technical features of the Hebrew Bible are included.
The best of both deductive and inductive approaches introducing students to the basics of Biblical Hebrew.
Ross (director, Christian Leadership Center) outlines the grammar of Biblical Hebrew, offering a system for parsing verbs and introducing the basic elements of syntax, interpretive guidelines, and a critical apparatus. Extensive examples are drawn from scriptural passages. An Hebrew-English glossary, an English-Hebrew glossary, a review of verb paradigms, and a chart of accents are included. Subject index only. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"In my opinion, this newly published biblical Hebrew teaching grammar by Allen Ross will become a widely used standard in the field. It has been tested for years in the classroom. It is comprehensive and thorough while at the same time well arranged and pedagogically effective for classroom use. This is a welcome addition to our resources for teaching and learning biblical Hebrew."--Richard E. Averbeck, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School"Ross is to be commended for providing first-year Hebrew students with a very user-friendly grammar. Learning biblical Hebrew can be an imposing and frightening challenge, but Ross has done a nice job of making the technicalities of the language understandable....This grammar certainly has a potential to supplant others (e.g. Seow, Kelley) in the field and establish itself as the best of its kind."--Robert Chisholm, Dallas Theological Seminary"Dr. Ross has given teachers and students an absolutely superb textbook introducing Biblical Hebrew grammar. The grammar is crystal clear, paradoxically concise and copious, and most helpfully creative. This experienced professor covers every important aspect of the Hebrew text, including the Masoretic accents and para-textual phenomena, and the critical apparatus at the bottom of the page. He introduces the student to the weak verb by the mechanical parsing method, which is the only way a beginning student can master their complex paradigms. His syntactic analysis is sufficient, and his excellent exercises re-inforce the learned material. Everything is presented in a lucid and balanced way."--Bruce Waltke, Regent College"Ross' masterful Introducing Biblical Hebrew clearly evidences his thirty years of teaching under practical laboratory conditions. He provides clear, thorough explanations, yet not too esoteric as to be intimidating, anticipating the typical questions or stumbling points experienced by first-year students....For the teacher's needs, Introducing Biblical Hebrew more than satisfies a one-year curriculum or may function especially well as a preparatory step for advanced studies. It is the best introductory volume available for a curriculum equipping students for Hebrew exegesis. The instructor will enjoy teaching Hebrew with this textbook's accurate, balanced treatment."--Ken Mathews, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University"Although many beginning grammars of Hebrew have appeared in recent years, few are of the caliber of Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen Ross. This is a text which can be used in bible colleges and seminaries or universities, whether the language program is minimal or extensive. Over the course of one year, the student covers all the basics of biblical Hebrew twice: once deductively and once inductively through guided rapid reading of selected chapters in Genesis. Thus it may be used for a one-semester-only-course as well. Great skill is required in teaching biblical Hebrew to distinguish barest essentials for beginners from information for intermediate or advanced levels. This text can easily be used at both levels. The arrangement of the material, the clear, simple presentation in each chapter with concise summaries at the beginning for quick overview and review, the consistent and early use of biblical examples in the exercises, and an approach which combines the best in modern linguistics with older philogical traditions reveals a pedagogical art seldom seen. Of special value is the inductive review via rapid reading. Many students flounder between finishing the basics and starting to read text with only a grammar and lexicon as aids. Ross provides copious helps to jumpstart the student in reading narrative and offers intermediate level information for the keen learner. I have used earlier versions of Ross' grammar to teach students over the past sixteen years with great success and highly recommend this text to others."--Peter J. Gentry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Allen P. Ross is professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. His articles have appeared in Biblical Viewpoint, BibliothecaSacra, and Kindred Spirit, and he has contributed to the BIBLE KNOWLEDGE COMMENTARY, the CHRISTIAN LIFE BIBLE, and the BIBLICAL HEBREW HANDBOOK. His translating and editing skills were also put to use in the TOPICAL REFERENCE BIBLE project and THE NEW KING JAMES VERSION of the Bible. Ross taught at The Graduate School of Bob Jones University between 1969 and 1971 after which he began teaching at Dallas Theological Seminary. He e