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Further Biblical Hebrew (hardback)


Explanations and Exercises


This coursebook is designed for students who have completed at least one year of college study in Biblical Hebrew. It helps students make the transition from the basic grammar books to use of the comprehensive reference grammars and to more advanced analysis of Biblical Hebrew. Constant reference is made to recent works of grammar, and also to the grammatical comments of the medieval Jewish exegetes. A central theme is that medieval and modern Biblical Hebrew scholars have reached essentially similar conclusions, even if the medievals lacked modern terminology
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-948-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Gorgias Handbooks 11
Publication Date: Aug 6,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 363
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-948-7
$173.00

Further Biblical Hebrew is a coursebook designed for students who have completed at least one year of College study in Biblical Hebrew. It helps students make the transition from the basic grammar books to use of the comprehensive reference grammar books and to more advanced analysis of Biblical Hebrew. Constant reference is made not only to recent works of grammar, but also to the grammatical comments of the medieval Jewish exegetes in the original Hebrew, for which translations and explanations are provided. A central theme is the idea that medieval and modern scholars in the field of Biblical Hebrew grammar have reached essentially similar conclusions, even if the medievals lacked modern terminology.

Part One covers the Hebrew verb, focusing on the recognition and analysis of the uses of Niphal, Piel, Hiphil and Hithpael. There are exercises, such as: 'Spot the Niphal'; 'Identify the Piel verbs and discuss their form and use'; 'Identify and parse Polel formations'. All the analysis and all the exercises are based on actual Biblical verses and there is no use of artificial Hebrew.

Part Two treats the uses of Infinitive Absolute and Infinitive Construct; Part Three is devoted to Syntax, focusing on: antithetical sentences, purpose clauses, interrogative sentences, answers to questions and causal clauses. Part Four deals with uses of: Perfect, Imperfect and Participle. Part Five discusses the grammatical features of 'poetic' Biblical Hebrew and 'elevated style', including a grammatical overview of the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15).

Further Biblical Hebrew is a coursebook designed for students who have completed at least one year of College study in Biblical Hebrew. It helps students make the transition from the basic grammar books to use of the comprehensive reference grammar books and to more advanced analysis of Biblical Hebrew. Constant reference is made not only to recent works of grammar, but also to the grammatical comments of the medieval Jewish exegetes in the original Hebrew, for which translations and explanations are provided. A central theme is the idea that medieval and modern scholars in the field of Biblical Hebrew grammar have reached essentially similar conclusions, even if the medievals lacked modern terminology.

Part One covers the Hebrew verb, focusing on the recognition and analysis of the uses of Niphal, Piel, Hiphil and Hithpael. There are exercises, such as: 'Spot the Niphal'; 'Identify the Piel verbs and discuss their form and use'; 'Identify and parse Polel formations'. All the analysis and all the exercises are based on actual Biblical verses and there is no use of artificial Hebrew.

Part Two treats the uses of Infinitive Absolute and Infinitive Construct; Part Three is devoted to Syntax, focusing on: antithetical sentences, purpose clauses, interrogative sentences, answers to questions and causal clauses. Part Four deals with uses of: Perfect, Imperfect and Participle. Part Five discusses the grammatical features of 'poetic' Biblical Hebrew and 'elevated style', including a grammatical overview of the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15).

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Contributor Biography

Fiona Blumfield

Fiona Blumfield lectures in Biblical Hebrew at University College London. She holds an MA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Jewish Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. She has been teaching and lecturing in Biblical Hebrew for over twenty five years in London.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Foreword (page 9)
  • Acknowledgments (page 11)
  • Abbreviations (page 13)
  • Part One: The Verb in Biblical Hebrew (page 15)
  • Part Two: The Infinitives in Biblical Hebrew (page 163)
  • Part Three: Syntax (page 221)
  • Part Four: Use of Tenses in Biblical Hebrew (page 275)
  • Part Five: Poetic Hebrew/Elevated Style (page 319)
  • Bibliography (page 357)
  • Index (page 361)
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