Item description for Learn Biblical Hebrew-3rd Ed-w/CD Rom by John H. Dobson...
Overview Through his teaching experiences, John Dobson has developed a method that enables students to read and understand passages of the Hebrew Bible from an early stage. Students from around the world have acknowledged the effectiveness of his method.
Learn Biblical Hebrew provides the basics of a standard grammar but also includes insights into Hebrew narrative and poetry not usually found in introductory textbooks. The second edition has been updated and revised and includes an audio CD-ROM. In addition to the lessons, the book includes a glossary of grammatical terms, a short reference grammar, and helpful indexes. It is useful in classroom settings and as a self-study guide.
Publishers Description From his experience in teaching biblical Hebrew to beginners, John Dobson has developed a teaching style that enables people to read actual passages of Scripture from an early stage. With this book, readers can learn Hebrew on their own and will find themselves reading meaningful verses from the Hebrew Bible after just two hours of study The second edition has been updated and revised and includes an audio CD-ROM.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801031028 ISBN13 9780801031021
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More About John H. Dobson
John H. Dobson (BD, University of London) was known around the world for his infectious enthusiasm for the biblical languages. Thousands of students have benefited from his teaching in colleges and universities. He taught Greek and Hebrew effectively in many different countries and settings.
Reviews - What do customers think about Learn Biblical Hebrew-3rd Ed-w/CD Rom?
Great way to learn Hebrew on your own! May 19, 2007
I've been using this book for about 5 months now to learn Hebrew from scratch. Been going rather slowly through it (I'm in no hurry), and although the lessons do go at a fairly fast pace, you can take your time through them (I'm currently 1/3 through the book). There is some repetition of words, to help you review along the way. Having no prior knowledge of Hebrew (but having learned other languages), this book is wonderful. The CD is quite beneficial too. Writing Hebrew is not stressed much in this book--just learning to read and speak Hebrew, using passages from the Bible.
great companion to Learn Biblical Greek Apr 11, 2007
As a Bible student, this has been a great help.
Very fast learning through constant dedication Jan 4, 2007
This review is based on my personal experience, I do not have the qualification for a technical rating of this work. Having this statement in mind I recommend other students John H. Dobson's "Learn Biblical Hebrew" as a rapid and efficacious method to grasp the essencials of this difficult, but rewarding language. An immersion in biblical hebrew is an irreplaceable tool to better enjoy and understand the Old Testament, the unfolding of the living message that came to us by means of the writings of many sons of Israel during centuries of agitated history. Dobson's system of learning, on the other hand, demands tough dedication from the student. The rapid pace of the work takes the learner's language skills for granted. If you are not skillful enough to catch the subject you would be stuck for weeks in the same lesson. Of great help is the CD provided with the book, it enables you to get the ear training on the unfamiliar sounds of this semitic tongue, so remote from our closer indo-european superfamily of languages. The presentation of the alphabet in the first chapter is a challenging but unavoidable step in the process of learning. Again, dedication and hard working are necessary to take the most from this work. Doing so is the key to a successful introduction to the amazing benefit of reading the word of God in the original language.
Very user friendly May 4, 2006
I first studied biblical Hebrew in college forty years ago. Hebrew is so very different from Western European languages that it was hard for me to wrap my mind around it. Dobson's book aims at making the study of Hebrew fun and at giving the student success each step of the way. He aims to get the student reading worthwhile sentences and many of them as soon as possible. It is still the learning of a language, so it is not a "for dummies" project. But, Dobson presents the most frequent verb forms first and gets those drilled into the student's mind so they become very familiar. He does this rather than the approach used by Weingreen in my college class in which the student memorizes all forms in a paradigm and then later tries to pull some meaning out of the paradigms in the experience of translating. I especially like the audio CD. It allows the student to engage hearing as well as seeing in fixing a lesson in the mind. Dobson attempts to use current understanding of how one learns in order to make the material familiar territory for the student. I think I might not have let my Hebrew lapse over the decades had I learned with an approach like Dobson's the first time.
I have the advantage of using this book for a review and refresher. I already remember some vocabulary and some grammar. I can tell that makes using Dobson's book easier than it might be for a newbie to Hebrew. I would be curious to observe someone with no Hebrew who learns it with Dobson's approach. Still, the results he describes in the introduction are impressive. He speaks of students who struggled with Hebrew winning awards for their progress when they began to use his approach.
Great book. Mar 26, 2006
Mr. Dobson teaches in a way that is both very informative, and often humorous. By the completion of this book, I had translated the book of Jonah, as well as passages from nearly every book in the Old Testament. I would highly recommend this book to someone who wants to learn Biblical Hebrew, even if you (as I did) already have some knowledge of the language. This is truly a profound book. I learned much more than I expected to learn when I bought this book. My only complaint, is that the meanings listed for words are in (abstract) english, such as the Hebrew word "chai" which Mr. Dobson says means "life" which it does, but the word actually means "stomach" and was a Hebrew sign of life. Though you would rarely even consider translating the word as "stomach" it is nice to know the ancient meanings behind the Hebrew your reading... still, a very good book.