Biblical Hebrew

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Religion - 492 pages
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This revised edition of the best-selling Biblical Hebrew is thoroughly updated and augmented for a new generation of students. Designed for use in a two-semester course, the book's fifty-five lessons are constructed around Biblical verses or segments and arranged in order of increasing complexity. At the successful completion of the course, students will be well equipped to tackle prose passages on their own.

Biblical Hebrew is part of a comprehensive learning program that includes a 3-CD audio program and a companion volume, the Supplement for Enhanced Comprehension. The CDs present the alphabet, vowels, readings and cantillations of biblical passages, songs to assist with memorizing grammar concepts, selections from Psalms performed in a variety of musical styles, and all the vocabulary words from English to Hebrew. The Supplement offers reinforcement and review exercises along with more detailed and deeper discussion of topics treated briefly in the textbook.

Features of the components:
The text:
? Readings of extended Biblical texts
Annotations to assist with difficult passages
? Notes on literary style, text criticism, and issues of translation
? Emphasis on analyzing forms, learning to use an academic dictionary, memorizing paradigms and vocabulary
? Vocabulary lists
? Extensive glossary
? Verb and preposition charts
? Song lyrics
? On-line answer key
The CDs:
? The alphabet and vowels
? Short readings followed by longer passages
? Catchy songs to assist with memorizing paradigms and grammar concepts
? Assigned texts cantillated according to masoretic notation
? Thirty-six songs, mostly from Psalms, performed in a variety of styles
? All vocabulary words recorded from English to Hebrew
The Supplement:
? Opportunities for reinforcement and review
? Further detail on topics covered lightly in the textbook
? Additional vocabulary exercises

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About the author (2004)

Vicki Hoffer is lecturer in Biblical Hebrew and Biblical literature at Yale Divinity School. The late Bonnie Pedrotti Kittel was professor of Biblical Hebrew at Yale Divinity School and ordained as a Presbyterian minister. Rebecca Abts Wright is a member of the faculty at the University of the South.

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