Item description for Invitation to Biblical Hebrew: A Beginning Grammar (Invitation to Theological Studies Series) by Russell T. Fuller & Kyoungwon Choi...
Overview With a strong emphasis on the basics of Hebrew phonology (sounds) and morphology (forms), this tested approach to original-language teaching and learning enables beginning students to parse by reason and rule, rather than rote memorization. Written with first-year classes in mind, it avoids jargon and technical language. 368 pages, hardcover from Kregel.
Publishers Description A tested approach to learning biblical Hebrew in an ideal package for the first-year Hebrew student. This clear, accurate, and pedagogically sound textbook emphasizes the basics: Hebrew phonology (sounds) and morphology (forms). This grammar does not use jargon or technical language, but uses terms easily understood and remembered so biblical Hebrew can be used with regularity and authority.
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Studio: Kregel Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.3" Width: 7.58" Height: 1.02" Weight: 2.48 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2006
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825426502 ISBN13 9780825426506
Availability 0 units.
More About Russell T. Fuller & Kyoungwon Choi
Russell T. Fuller (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is associate professor of Old Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has written for journals and has published several articles in The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Invitation to Biblical Hebrew: A Beginning Grammar (Invitation to Theological Studies Series)?
Well... not what i expected Mar 8, 2007
When i saw the combination of textbook, workbook and DVDs I jumped to the opportunity and I got the whole set. The Textbook is very well organized and the layout is very clear. However, it is just a set of rules and the exercises in it barely sustain the lesson. The workbook is organized in a bit more confusing way - drills, exercises and the answer keys.
The DVDs are totally disappointing. He reads from the book basically (he actually has the pages of the book on his desk) . He says pretty much whatever he has written in the book. There are a lot of "huhs," and "whatever," or "something like that." Just as with the books, he just goes through one rule after another. Sometimes, especially at the beginning, in phonology (when i was learning to read Hebrew,) he would write the word, give you all you need to know (and more) about silent sheva and vocal sheva and will NOT read the word. I was left wondering about the pronounciation.
I have it 3 stars because the grammar, in itself, is a great reference book to keep on my shelf. The teaching method, well... needs some major editing.
You CAN learn Biblical Hebrew with these resources!!! Jul 20, 2006
Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg gives credit where it is due. He once praised some of his early coaches saying, "They instilled in me how to do things the right way, having good fundamentals, having good work habits - and even how to put on my socks."
When it comes to learning Biblical Hebrew, getting your socks on correctly is of little value. However, learning the fundamentals of the language and applying good work habits will bring sure success. This is the premise of a new Hebrew grammar written by Southern Seminary professor Russell T. Fuller and Kyoungwon Choi. They desire for students to actually use Hebrew in ministry, rather than being limited to English translations of the Old Testament. This goal will not be achieved without a solid grounding in the basics of phonology (sounds) and morphology (forms).
But can you learn Biblical Hebrew on your own? Perhaps you took some Hebrew in seminary, and now you cannot recall anything beyond the alphabet. Or perhaps you have never taken a language course at all. Don't fear. If you have a desire to learn Hebrew, let me encourage you to purchase this grammar, along with the workbook and DVDs. Utilizing the deductive approach, the authors instruct you in a concept and then turn you loose to practice it through pages of drills and exercises. As long as you master each chapter before going onto the next, you can work your way into a solid understanding of the grammar and syntax of Biblical Hebrew.
And why is learning the original languages important? Without a solid grounding in them, our preaching ministry will lack certainty and confidence. As John Piper says, "The confidence of pastors to determine the precise meaning of biblical texts diminishes. And with the confidence to interpret rigorously goes the confidence to preach powerfully. You can't preach week in and week out over the whole range of God's revelation with depth and power if you are plagued with uncertainty when you venture beyond basic gospel generalities."
Pastors, we must become "iron sharpening iron" in these matters. Biblical languages may come easy for some, but for the rest of us the difficulty involved should cause us to join hands together in our fight against pastoral sloth. We should be encouraging one another to learn, to use, and to not forget the Biblical languages.
Pick up these resources, and give yourself the tools necessary for learning the original language of the Old Testament.
The Most Effective Way to Teach Biblical Hebrew Jul 7, 2006
I know what you're thinking-not another Hebrew grammar! I feel you. I groan every time I see a new one. I bet there have been at least 4 or 5 new Hebrew grammars published in the last 6 months. So, what makes this one different from all the others gathering dust on the shelves? Fuller approaches teaching biblical Hebrew like Coach Wooden approached teaching championship basketball. If you want to learn a language-you need to know the fundamentals-and you need to know them well. If you get the fundamentals in place, the rest will follow.
Fuller's method is the best there is. He combines watching a lecture in which he explains the chapter on a DVD, reading the chapter, and physically doing excercises out of a workbook (or on a whiteboard in a classroom). Furthermore, he reveals the reasons why language structures are the way they are, instead of throwing reams of paper at you to just memorize thousands of word patterns. If you want to learn Hebrew and you don't have access to a school-buy the book, workbook, DVDs and get studying. If you're teaching a class, integrate this into your semester, your students will thank you because they will come way with a deep knowledge of the language. Then, with a little practice, reading the Bible in Hebrew will be relatively easy.
You might ask how I know this works. Well, I was one of Fuller's students and now I'm doing a PhD in Semitic languages so it must have worked for me. (P.S. And no, he hasn't paid me to say these things. I say it because I want to help you learn Hebrew and/or be the best teacher possible.)