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The Cambridge Biblical Hebrew Workbook
Introductory Level


  • Date Published: April 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521533690

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  • This workbook can be used together with any elementary Biblical Hebrew grammar, by students at colleges, seminaries or universities. It applies many of the tools of modern language acquisition to make learning this classical language an active and inspiring process. Well-known Hebrew names are used as a pedagogical aid to memorising grammar and vocabulary. Original biblical texts are focused upon. The exercises are based on a stock of frequently used words which is gradually enlarged. The vocabulary and grammar learnt early on are regularly revised and reinforced in later exercises. The student is carefully guided through the exercises by means of boxed notes on key points. A key to the exercises is included. The translations provided follow the Hebrew text very closely. This workbook enables students to develop their understanding of the general systematic sound changes in Biblical Hebrew, progressively providing a stable foundation and deeper insight into the language.

    • A wide variety of exercises that can be tailored to suit the needs of individual learners
    • Well-known Hebrew names are used as a pedagogical aid to memorising grammar and vocabulary
    • A repetitive-instructive method of teaching makes studying effective and enjoyable
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    'These text samples are well chosen, and are annotated with supplementary new vocabulary, and guidelines on how to make optimal use of them. The workbook contains a number of other user-friendly devices … Exploration of the layout and variety of exercises contained in this workbook shows that much care and practical experience has gone into the production of this excellent tool, and that the author has neither oversimplified nor unduly complicated the endeavour of learning Biblical Hebrew for beginning students. She has provided an excellent alternative approach, and enriched this with numerous practical exercises, which, if faithfully and systematically carried out, should produce a rich harvest.' Journal of Semitic Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521533690
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Hebrew alphabet
    Vowel signs and their pronunciation
    2. Dissimilarity between sounds and spelling
    Vowel letters
    Silent Áleph
    Word stress
    3. 'Long' and 'short' vowels
    Vowel categories
    Full and simple vowels
    Transliteration of vowels
    Supporting vowels for gutterals
    Relationship between consonants and vowels
    Verbless clause
    Independent personal pronouns in singular
    4. Syllable types
    Consonant and vowel clusters
    Syllable division
    Basic rule of vocalisation
    5. Relationship between vowels and stress
    Unchangeable and changeable vowels
    Regular vowel change
    Definite article
    Adjectives and nouns: inflection of gender and number
    Independent personal pronouns in plural
    6. Special readings (Qere)
    Inseparable prepositions
    Usage of adjectives
    Accent signs and pause
    7. Word formation in general
    Unchangeable and changeable consonants
    Regular consonant change
    Unchangeable and changeable root types
    Inseparable prepositions followed by YHWH
    8. Conjunction and Demonstrative pronouns
    Noun types
    Regular masculine nouns
    Regular feminine nouns
    Penultimate nouns
    9. Twin-consonant nouns
    Irregular nouns
    Formation of nouns and adjectives
    Vowel raising ('attenuation')
    Have/have not
    Full and defective writing
    10. Nouns: free and bound forms
    Noun chains
    Adjective-plus-noun chain
    Quantifier 'kol'
    11. Pronouns: attached forms
    Prepositions and adverbs with 'singular' attached pronouns
    Nouns in singular with attached pronouns
    12. Prepositions with 'plural' attached pronouns
    Nouns in plural with attached pronouns
    Sound changes across word boundaries
    More about sound changes in pause
    13. Verb system
    Perfect in general: form and meaning
    (Qal, the G-stem) perfect: (unchangable verbs), verbs with gutturals, Áleph verbs, the irregular verb
    Vowel lowering (Philippi's Law)
    Verbal clause
    14. Object marker
    Direction marker
    Verbal clause with variant word order
    Verbal clause with an additional personal pronoun
    Denoting immediate presence
    15. Perfect: vav/yod (hollow) verbs, twin-consonant verbs, vav/yod verbs
    Relative clauses
    Usage of the verb 'be'
    16. Imperfect in general: form and meaning
    Imperfect (unchangeable verbs), verbs with gutturals, Áleph verbs, the irregular verbs
    17. Imperative
    Lengthened imperfect
    Shortened imperfect
    Negative commands and prohibitions
    18. Participles in general
    Participles: form, usage and negation
    Participles with tense markers
    19. Infinitives in general
    Infinitives: form, usage and negation
    Quotation marker
    20. Verb chains
    Usage of verb chains
    Expression of purpose and result
    Perfect with attached object pronouns
    21. (The N-stem): form and meaning
    Imperfect and imperative with attached object pronouns
    22. (The D- and Dp-stems): form and meaning
    23. (The HtD-stem): form and meaning
    24. (The H- and Hp-stems): form and meaning
    25. Imperfect: Áleph verbs
    Imperfect, imperative and infinite: vav/yod verbs, nun verbs and vav/yod verbs
    26. 'One another' (expression of reciprocity)
    Verbs with two direct objects (double transitivity)
    Time frame
    Expression of wish
    Adverbs and adverbial constructions
    27. Imperfect vav/yod verbs and twin-consonant verbs
    vav/yod verbs and twin consonant verbs
    28. Numerals
    Denoting age
    Conditional clauses
    Four styles of Biblical prose: text samples
    I. Narrative texts
    II. Legal texts
    III. Parables and proverbs
    IV. Prophetic speeches
    Appendix I. Hebrew via Hebrew names
    Appendix II. Regular sound changes in Hebrew
    Appendix III. Guide to grammatical terms
    Hebrew-English vocabulary
    English-Hebrew vocabulary

  • Author

    Nava Bergman, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden
    Nava Bergman teaches Biblical and modern Hebrew at the Department of Oriental and African Languages, Göteborg University, Sweden.

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