Ross' book is definitely one of the better books on the market. Overall however, this book clearly raises the standard by which future Hebrew Grammars will be judged. The last part of the book presents a number of study aids: summaries of the lessons 1—54 425—78 , a Hebrew-English Glossary 479—506 , an English-Hebrew glossary 507—43 ,paradigms of the regular and irregular verbs 544—55 , and two tables with the MasoreticAccents. However, he does define each potentially unfamiliar term as it comes up. The primary place where the student will learn the language is in his or her own private, independent study. Smaller Windows make the tables unreadable they don't wrap well which means letters disappear.
I had trouble ascertaining the comparative relationship between infinitives-in-construct and absolute infinitives, and had to re-read those sections a few times; - As other reviewers have mentioned, an answer key would have been very, very helpful when doing the exercises though my professor provided us with one ; - A few more exercises per chapter would have been nice, also though the exercises presented did a great job of sampling new and previously learned material evenly. The chapters are set in a very logical frame one step at a time. This makes his book an excellent grammar for students who have had no prior language experience, yet it is not too simple for those who have. All things were made by him. This is a welcome addition to our resources for teaching and learning biblical Hebrew. Just as the New Testament describes it the Word is alive and active, creative and explosive.
The individual lesson's are structured quite well, Ross is pretty clear on his grammatical principles, has good examples and exercises. You can also try this. In addition, there are well-paced vocabulary and grammar exercises and practical guides to the more technical features of the Hebrew Bible. Everything is presented in a lucid and balanced way. His syntactic analysis is sufficient, and his excellent exercises re-inforce the learned material.
Of special value is the inductive review via rapid reading. Holmstedt, Biblical Hebrew: A Student Grammar revised edition, 2011. Many students flounder between finishing the basics and starting to read text with only a grammar and lexicon as aids. These marks appear in all print editions of the Hebrew Bible. The author also treats various characteristics of the language such as Masoretic pointing, parallelism, and various literary constructions. The goal is to inform the head as well as the heart by listening carefully to the sacred text and to one another.
This requirement of the class cannot be emphasized enough. We will review the previous grammatical materials with the framework of the story of Ruth and Naomi Ruth 1. So they are not comprehensive as a reference grammar might be. Each aspect of grammar and syntax is clearly presented with an adequate amount of examples. For more see our correspondence course Biblical Hebrew made easy. There are a few drawbacks to the book, it lacks any aesthetic value as there are no pictures or graphics, thus it is quite bland.
But Ross is definitely one of the better ones out there and I do recommend this book. Ross' introductory material is pretty good compared to most grammars, it's visual and well laid out. . This is a welcome addition to our resources for teaching and learning biblical Hebrew. At least you my be able to find it. We will illustrate its usages using a variety of verses from the Bible.
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. Hawkins, Catholic Biblical Quarterly This first-year grammar has grown out of the author's experience in teaching Hebrew to seminary students for over thirty years. In fact both the word for Spirit and the word for mouth derive from verbs meaning to blow, puff or exhale. 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. Ross has developed and refined his explanations, exercises, and examples to provide students with an effective introduction to Biblical Hebrew. Greek ; this will reduce the steepness of the learning curve especially in dealing with grammatical terminology.
At some point in the future, as time allows, I might make mobile apps probably largely Hebrew vocab tools that will be for sale and perhaps also offer live Hebrew lessons but we'll have to see how that develops. Through those many years of classroom use, Dr. I like his section on vowels, it is often neglected and poorly done in other grammars. Ross loses the forest for the trees here. 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. The location of the training and the context makes the training very effective.
Now in my fourth year, I can look back on my first-year Hebrew experience fondly, thanks in large part to Ross's excellent text. It also was life to its hearers Deuteronomy 32. We will see that there is a clear connection between the different persons and the independent pronouns. It is the best introductory volume available for a curriculum equipping students for Hebrew exegesis. If I get a chance to be a consultant for any translation agency, I would use this knowledge to be better able to interpret the Old Testament so that the best possible translation be done in the target language. The arrangement worked out well. He clearly explains the major and several minor features of biblical Hebrew, and includes his own parsing system for Hebrew verbs.