Item description for Do It Yourself Hebrew and Greek: A Guide to Biblical Language Tools by Edward W. Goodrick...
Overview Edward Goodrick's classic guide introduces the alphabets and basic elements of Greek and Hebrew grammar. With this foundation, the student is encouraged to use some basic language tools, including analytical, lexicons, interlinears, concordances, and commentaries.
Publishers Description Do It Yourself Hebrew and Greek is designed for the serious Bible student who wants to discover as accurately as possible what the Bible meant in its original languages but who is not in a position to master those languages. This manual introduces the alphabets and the basic elements of Hebrew and Greek grammar. With this foundation, the student is taught to use the basic language tools, including analyticals, lexicons, interlinears, concordances, and commentaries. MAIN FEATURES: *Explanatory diagrams *Sample pages from the language tools with explanations of use *How to analyze, identify, and find Hebrew and Greek words *How to do a word study *Basic principles of interpretation *Glossary *Worksheets and answer keys *May be used individually or by classes
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.9" Width: 8.6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1980
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310417414 ISBN13 9780310417415 UPC 025986417413
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More About Edward W. Goodrick
The late Edward W. Goodrick was on the faculty at Multnomah Bible College for many years and coedited with John Kohlenberger various biblical language study tools, including the Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance.
Reviews - What do customers think about Do It Yourself Hebrew And Greek?
The best syllabus of its genre I know of Sep 11, 2006
The late Prof. Goodrick knew he was facing a challenge when he came up with this syllabus. How can one equip a Bible student to "break the language barrier" between himself and the original-language texts of the Bible, without requiring him to tackle the languages "head-on" and without making him think he know more than he really does by the end of the course?
This syllabus is the best such effort I have yet seen. It helped me tremendously in my beginning studies of biblical Hebrew; it still helps me even though I'm now fluent enough in biblical Hebrew to read much of it without aid of English helps; and it continues to be a tremendous help in my fledgling efforts to deal with New Testament Greek. One of the most helpful features is the persistent goal of the author to keep the student in mind of what the non-linguist's limitations are in technical Bible study -- a goal which is aimed for (and, I think, reached) with humility and humor.
The book isn't absolutely perfect. It doesn't deal with biblical Aramaic at all (although admittedly not much of the Bible is in Aramaic); once in a great while, some theological biases get under the author's radar screen; and thanks to my current coursework in Dr. Randall Buth's LIVING BIBLICAL HEBREW FOR EVERYONE, I've spotted one important error of omission in this syllabus' discussion of Hebrew grammar. Contrary to Dr. Goodrick's claim that biblical Hebrew has no tense, it not only has tense, it has tense-aspect. (One may pardon Dr. Goodrick for looking to the Masoretic paradigm of the Hebrew accents -- and thus ignoring it as too complex for the student he aims to help -- rather than to the much simpler and much more helpful melodic paradigm developed by Suzanne Haik-Vantoura in a book likewise sold here.)
Despite those problems, I always recommend this syllabus without hesitation to everyone I know who wants to learn how to use the "language tools".
Excellent starting point - well explained Jul 3, 2004
This is a great first step in learning the Biblical languages. While it is geared towards those who only desire it to understand how to move around in the language tools, it explains the basics of noun forms and verb inflections extremely well. One who finishes the Greek section will have a good foundation to take on a first year Greek grammar without getting lost in the details. In addition, you will be able to use the language tools in order to work through actual passages of the Greek New Testament while you absorb the rules of grammar. There is no substitute for actually reading the language. If you intend to learn Greek on your own, read Goodrick's work first - it will pay off.
Great book for a specific niche market Mar 2, 2004
If you are considering purchasing this book then you should really take the subtitle seriously - "A Guide to Biblical Language Tools". This is not a book about learning Hebrew and Greek so that you can read either of them in a Hebrew or Greek Bible. This is a book about understanding the Hebrew and Greek language so that you can better use and understand biblical language tools. For each language it goes over the alphabet, parts and types of speech, pronunciation, and similar items. Then, using your understanding of the word forms and the like, you can turn to a concordance, biblical Greek dictionary, lexicon or similar reference and understand the importance of how a particular ending on a verb changes it and changes the meaning of a whole sentence. If you are intimidated by the daunting task of learning another language like Greek or Hebrew then this is the book that will free you to at least learn about the language and its structure so you can use other tools more effectively for Bible study. "Do It Yourself Hebrew and Greek" is a recommended book for any Bible students who just can't quite bring themselves to learn another language.
Practical and Helpful Introduction to N.T. Greek Study Tools Mar 9, 2002
"Do It Yourself Hebrew and Greek" is just what the name implies. This is a "do it yourself" course on original Biblical languages. In the book, Goodrick has done a quality job of explaining basic Greek grammar in summary form. The book includes many common sense rules and guidelines for the interpretation of Scripture. You'll find the majority of the book is devoted to teaching the student how to use language tools (concordances, commentaries, analyticals, lexicons, and interlinears) and how to conduct word studies. The text includes twenty lessons, self-graded worksheets, and answer keys that are quite helpful. There are many warnings along the way regarding the limitations to this "low road" method of studying the original languages. Goodrick has provided a practical and helpful guide for those desiring to better understand the Bible's message in its original tongue without the necessity of making the enormous investment necessary to become proficient in the languages.
Clear, concise, quaint. Oct 20, 2001
The author packs a lot of grammatical information into a very small space. While this is good, the reader will require some practice and repetition on his part. Good intro to further study. Also has a rather "quaint" attitude. I read this with a background in amateur linguistics and philology, rather than Biblical studies, and found the author a bit biased in his tone.