Item description for How Biblical Languages Work: A Student's Guide to Learning Hebrew and Greek by Peter James Silzer & Thomas John Finley...
Overview An ideal supplement to first-year Hebrew and Greek grammars, this practical guide makes learning the biblical languages a less daunting task. By introducing students to characteristics and functions of all human languages, experienced linguists Peter James Silzer and Thomas John Finley create the basis from which to describe the major features of Hebrew and Greek: how the sounds are pronounced, how words are put together, how phrases and clauses are structured, how words convey meaning, and how languages change. The book includes practical exercises, a glossary of linguistic and grammatical terms widely used in standard grammars of Greek and Hebrew, and other resources for further study, including Internet sites.
Publishers Description A practical and easy to understand guide to learning both Hebrew and Greek. Ideal for Biblical language scholars. This book provides the first practical beginner's guide to the main components of biblical Hebrew and Greek. It will bring the reader through various organizational structures in Hebrew and Greek using insights gained from years of linguistic and biblical experience. The authors intend this book to be used as a tool to supplement traditional courses in Hebrew and Greek, and to show that these languages are organized in much the same way as other languages. The last chapter includes tips to help each reader learn in his own way. Written by two extremely well-qualified linguists. Uses helpful learning methods by moving from known (English) to unknown (biblical languages). Ideal companion to first-year grammars. Provides a key for getting the most out of both Hebrew and Greek
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 14, 2004
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825426448 ISBN13 9780825426445
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Reviews - What do customers think about How Biblical Languages Work: A Student's Guide to Learning Hebrew and Greek?
How Biblical Languages Work Silzer & Finley Mar 24, 2006
Typical "American Style" textbook starting from the basics (especially viz-a-viz grammar) which took me back to Latin class 50 years ago. Lots of interest which I'm still digesting so its probably unfair to be so critical so early. Good book for the beginner.
A MUST for every language learner and teacher Dec 14, 2005
As a teacher of five languages as foreign languages and a self-taught on eleven I feel comfortable to recomend this jewel! Almost everyone of the insights I have been acquiring along years of language teaching and self-study is in it! Sure, not only students of biblical languages will profit abundantly from this work! Students of Arts will benefit from it as well, in the subject matter of Linguistics! It has even useful examples in Spanish, wich is very close to my own mother language, Portuguese! You will soon find yourself transferring learning without pain!
A new approach Dec 17, 2004
This book approaches biblical languages from a must-needed linguistic point of view. It shows how both Hebrew and Greek work in their grammar and spends more time demonstrating how the alphabets work. Probably the greatest strength of the book is the continued focus of how they work in relation to how English works. In addition, time is taken to address word order, with the nice example of the literal translation of John 3:16. As a whole, the book is well-written and full of insights that greatly enhance the study of the biblical languages.
By request of the author, here is the summary from the back of the book:
"An ideal supplement to first-year Hebrew and Greek grammars, this practical guide makes learning the biblical languages a less daunting task. By introducing students to characteristics and functions of all human languages, experienced linguists Peter James Silzer and Thomas John Finley create the basis from which to describe the major features of Hebrew and Greek: how the sounds are pronounced, how words are put together, how phrases and clauses are structured, how words convey meaning, and how languages change. "The book includes practical exercises, a glossary of linguistic and grammatical terms widely used in standard grammars of Greek and Hebrew, and other resources for further study, including Internet sites.
Also requested was the outline of the chapters:
1. The Big Picture: An Overview of How Language Works 2. Can You Spell That? Reading and Writing 3. Putting It into Words: How Words Are Made 4. Putting Words Together: Phrases and Clauses 5. Telling Stories and Writing Letters: Understanding Discourse 6. What Do You Mean? It's Just Semantics 7. Variety Is the Spice of Life: Dialects and Change 8. Practical Ways to Study (and Learn) the Biblical Languages -- Appendix: Glossary of Lingustic Terms -- References
A useful discovery Aug 8, 2004
I am a seminary student and I am about to take Hebrew, my first ancient language class. This book expounds and clarifies how symbols and patterns of symbols are used in language to communicate meaning. I feel much more at ease about the study of Greek and Hebrew now that I have read Dr. Silzer and Dr. Finley's book. They have filled the gap between my functional knowledge of the English language and my first day of Hebrew class by establishing a workable framework to build on. I am grateful for their effort and I recommend this book to anyone that "has to take Greek and Hebrew."