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A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Hackett, Jo Ann

Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2010 pp. xxv + 302. $39.95



Description: Linguistics expert and long-time educator Hackett offers a robust introduction to biblical Hebrew grammar and the Masoretic text. The graded exercises from Hebrew to English are intended to introduce the student to the many possibilities of biblical Hebrew prose. Later lessons include texts taken from the Masoretic text of the Old Testament with footnotes to explain unusual or advanced formations. Classroom tested and suitable for self-study as well, this quick-moving one-semester course (30 lessons) features clear, readable explanations, exercises, and examples that provide students with an effective foundation in original language usage. This textbook is also suitable for an entire first-year's study of Biblical Hebrew conducted at a slower pace. Course work includes an overview of the history of the Hebrew Bible; deductive lessons on recognition, drawing, and pronunciation of consonants and vowels; memorization and recitation of the alphabet; and proper spelling of words; as well inductive experience in translating biblical passages.

Subjects: Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew

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Review by Bernard M. Levinson
Published 1/2/2011
Citation: Bernard M. Levinson, review of Jo Ann Hackett, A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by James Robson
Published 1/2/2011
Citation: James Robson, review of Jo Ann Hackett, A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by George Athas
Published 7/16/2011
Citation: George Athas, review of Jo Ann Hackett, A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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