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ISBN: 9781839730610
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 244 x 170 x 13
Publication Date: 31/12/2020
Pages: 240
Language: English

Getting to Grips with Biblical Hebrew

An Introductory Textbook

£19.99

Getting to Grips with Biblical Hebrew provides a simple introduction to biblical Hebrew for beginners. Consisting of thirty lessons, the book focuses on the basic grammar and vocabulary necessary for reading and understanding the biblical text. Exercises are taken directly from the Hebrew Bible, and students gain hands-on experience with the joys and challenges of translation.

This textbook is specifically designed to be accessible for students who have never learned a foreign language or whose knowledge of English might be limited. For this reason, proficiency with English grammar is not assumed, and key concepts are explained as they occur. Tables of prefixes and suffixes are also provided to assist students in using a Hebrew dictionary.

By providing insight into the process of translating from ancient to modern languages, this resource will enrich a student’s ability to interpret the Hebrew Bible in the here and now. Systematic and easy to use, this introduction to biblical Hebrew is perfect for anyone desiring to better understand the Old Testament texts.

Author Bios

David L. Baker
(By)

DAVID L. BAKER is a lecturer in Biblical Studies at All Nations Christian College in Hertfordshire, England. He previously taught in Indonesia for over twenty years, with a special interest in the Old Testament. During that time, he was also involved in theological publishing, Bible translation, and church ministry. More recently he has been deputy warden at Tyndale House, Cambridge, and Old Testament lecturer at Trinity Theological College in Perth, Australia. He has a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Endorsements

I am delighted to welcome the publication of this book which is an excellent basic introduction to the language. Tens of thousands of students in Indonesia have benefited from this valuable guide and the launch of an English edition will give thousands more across the world access to it.

Graham I. Davies, PhD, DD
University of Cambridge, UK


This book is a winner! A clearly written, affordable Hebrew grammar with straightforward grammatical explanations, exercises, readings of biblical texts, songs, conversations, and dramatic readings all in one volume.

Rev Jill Firth, PhD
Ridley College Melbourne, Australia


Success in teaching biblical Hebrew is not only a matter of teacher qualification, but it also requires an appropriate textbook. As the fruit of Baker’s many dedicated years of teaching in Indonesia and the UK, this textbook is user-friendly for the classroom, both for lecturers and students.

Yonky Karman, PhD
Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia


No doubt, this book will provide a solid foundation for doing exegetical work as well as for more advanced study of the language. Highly recommended for theological students and Bible translators alike.

Anwar Tjen, PhD (Cantab)
Head of Translation Department, Indonesian Bible Society


This book is a rich and rewarding course, by the end of which the student will be able to begin to engage with much of the Hebrew prose of the Old Testament. May this book deepen the church’s worship as it enables pastors to go deeper into the riches of his word!

Kim Phillips, PhD
Affiliated Lecturer of Hebrew,
Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Note for Teachers
  3. Abbreviations
  4. Lesson 1: Introduction
    1. Hebrew in Context
    2. The Invention of Writing
    3. Historical Development
    4. Comparison of Hebrew and English
    5. Hebrew Song 1 (Shalom Khaverim)
  5. Lesson 2: Alphabet
    1. Writing
    2. Pronunciation
    3. Final Letters
    4. Gutturals
  6. Lesson 3: Vowels
    1. Vowel Letters
    2. Vowel Signs
    3. Shewa
    4. Syllables and Stress
  7. Lesson 4: Signs
    1. Silent Shewa
    2. Weak Dagesh
    3. Strong Dagesh
    4. Mappiq
    5. Hyphen
    6. Punctuation
  8. Lesson 5: Words
    1. Nouns and Adjectives
    2. Verbs
    3. Particles
    4. The Name of God
    5. Hebrew Song 2 (Lo Vekhayil)
  9. Lesson 6: Sentences 1
    1. Nominal Sentences
    2. Adjectives
    3. Gender
    4. Personal Pronouns
    5. Waw Conjunction
  10. Lesson 7: Sentences 2
    1. Verbal Sentences
    2. Definite Article
    3. Object Marker
    4. Questions
    5. Demonstratives
  11. Lesson 8: Prepositions
    1. Prefix Prepositions
    2. Prefix Prepositions with Definite Article
    3. The Preposition מִן
    4. Hebrew Song 3 (Hinne Mattov)
  12. Lesson 9: Verbs 1
    1. Perfect – Forms
    2. Perfect – Meaning
    3. Subjects
    4. Strong and Weak Verbs
  13. Lesson 10: Reading 1 Genesis 1:1–2
    1. The Beginning (Gen 1:1a)
    2. The Universe (Gen 1:1b)
    3. Darkness (Gen 1:2a)
    4. The Spirit (Gen 1:2b)
  14. Lesson 11: Nouns
    1. The Suffix ה
    2. The Prefix מ
    3. The Construct (Genitive)
  15. Lesson 12: Plurals and Numbers
    1. Masculine Plurals
    2. Feminine Plurals
    3. Irregular Plurals
    4. Duals
    5. Plurals of Adjectives
    6. Numbers
  16. Lesson 13: Verbs 2
    1. Imperfect – Forms
    2. Imperfect – Meaning
    3. Weak Verbs
    4. Analysis
  17. Lesson 14: Reading 2 Genesis 1:3–5
    1. Light (Gen 1:3)
    2. Goodness (Gen 1:4)
    3. Day and Night (Gen 1:5)
  18. Lesson 15: Roots
    1. Weak Initial Letters
    2. Hollow Verbs
    3. Key Characteristics
    4. Hebrew Song 4 (Barukh Habba)
  19. Lesson 16: Suffix Pronouns
    1. Forms
    2. Possessive Suffixes
    3. Objective Suffixes
    4. Suffix Pronouns with אֵל†and אֵת
  20. Lesson 17: Reading 3 Exodus 20:1–3
    1. Accents
    2. Introduction (Exod 20:1)
    3. Theology and History (Exod 20:2)
    4. First Commandment (Exod 20:3)
  21. Lesson 18: Verbs 3
    1. Imperative
    2. Active Participle
    3. Passive Participle
  22. Lesson 19: Verbs 4
    1. Infinitive Absolute
    2. Infinitive Construct – Forms
    3. Infinitive Construct – Meaning
  23. Lesson 20: Conversation
    1. Jacob and the Angel (Gen 32:28, 30)
    2. Jonah and the Sailors (Jonah 1:8–9)
    3. Hebrew Song 5 (Adonay Yishmorkha)
  24. Lesson 21: Complex Stems 1
    1. Niphal
    2. Hiphil
    3. Hophal
    4. Perfect
  25. Lesson 22: Complex Stems 2
    1. Imperfect
    2. Imperative
    3. Participle
    4. Infinitives
  26. Lesson 23: Complex Stems 3
    1. Piel
    2. Pual
    3. Hithpael
    4. Conjugations
    5. Summary of Stems
  27. Lesson 24: Reading 4 Jeremiah 31:31–34
    1. A New Covenant (Jer 31:31)
    2. Old Covenant Broken (Jer 31:32)
    3. Relationship with God (Jer 31:33)
    4. Knowing God (Jer 31:34)
  28. Lesson 25: Summary of Word Forms
    1. Verbs
    2. Nouns and Adjectives
    3. Numbers
    4. Hebrew Song 6 (Hevenu Shalom)
  29. Lesson 26: Dictionaries
    1. Using a Hebrew Dictionary
    2. Summary of Prefixes
    3. Summary of Suffixes
    4. Homonyms
  30. Lesson 27: Reading 5 Jonah 1:1–7
    1. Jonah’s Call (Jonah 1:1–3)
    2. The Great Storm (Jonah 1:4–5)
    3. Jonah Found Guilty (Jonah 1:6–7)
  31. Lesson 28: Reading 6 Jonah 1:8–2:2
    1. Confession of Faith (Jonah 1:8–9)
    2. Confession of Sin (Jonah 1:10–12)
    3. Salvation for the Sailors (Jonah 1:13–15)
    4. Repentance of the Sailors (Jonah 1:16)
    5. Lesson from the Fish (Jonah 2:1–2)
  32. Lesson 29: Reading 7 Jonah 2:11–3:10
    1. Salvation for Jonah (Jonah 2:11)
    2. Jonah’s Second Call (Jonah 3:1–3)
    3. Repentance of Nineveh (Jonah 3:4–5)
    4. The King’s Command (Jonah 3:6–9)
    5. Salvation for Nineveh (Jonah 3:10)
  33. Lesson 30: Reading 8 Jonah 4:1–11
    1. Jonah’s Anger (Jonah 4:1–3)
    2. Jonah Leaves the City (Jonah 4:4–5)
    3. Lesson from the Plant (Jonah 4:6–8)
    4. God’s Love (Jonah 4:9–11)
    5. Hebrew Song 7 (Hava Nagila)
  34. Appendix
  35. Dramatic Reading
  36. Mini Dictionary
  37. Mini Songbook
  38. Bibliography

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