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Hinneh: Biblical Hebrew the Practical Way
Halabé, Rahel

Jerusalem: Magnes, 2017 pp. xi + 500, 295, 130.revised Edition. $66.00

Description: Hinneh is a three-volume, unintimidating but rigorous introductory textbook, which thoroughly guides both teachers and students through the challenges of classical Hebrew. The Hinneh program balances two major demands of an introductory grammar, reflecting the most frequently occurring lexical and grammatical examples and sequencing the material in a way that makes teaching and learning easier. This is achieved through short, original biblical passages offered in context and with a variety of translations. The textbook introduces important grammatical concepts, especially those concerning the verb system, in a comprehensive but friendly and innovative manner, which includes color-coding among other aids. Volume Aleph presents those basic grammatical subjects which are not conditioned by the verb, followed by the prefix and suffix verb forms of the qal stem in the "strong" and "weak" verbs. Volume Beth covers the infinitive, imperative, and participle forms of the qal stem—both "strong" and "weak—before moving on to the hiph'il, hoph'al, pi'el, pu'al, hitpa'el, and niph'al forms. The Tool Box volume contains vocabulary, parsing charts, and worksheets for verb-parsing assignments in the main textbook volumes. See here.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew

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Review by Michael Graves
Published 7/4/2019
Citation: Michael Graves, review of Rahel Halabé, Hinneh: Biblical Hebrew the Practical Way, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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