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The Cambridge Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
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  • Date Published: August 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Mixed media product
  • isbn: 9780521712842

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  • The Cambridge Introduction to Biblical Hebrew is designed for anyone studying biblical Hebrew for the first time. It is well suited for students enrolled in introductory-level courses as well as clergy and laity engaged in self-study. The accompanying CD (suitable for Mac and PC) includes the workbook, answers, paradigms, and the interactive program TekScroll. TekScroll greatly facilitates learning through grammar illustrations with moving graphics, interactive parsing programs, translation practice items, and a vocabulary program. The grammar illustrations demonstrate key grammatical points. The parsing programs provide feedback, hints, and corrections. Translation practice comes primarily from biblical verses. The vocabulary quizzing program includes audio of the vocabulary words. The textbook is designed for a two-semester course covering one chapter of grammar per week (22 chapters) and then turning to select syntactical items. Each chapter begins with a Focus section, identifying key elements, and is followed by a summary, vocabulary list, and description of the learning activities on the CD. The practice translation items and workbook exercises use only vocabulary from previous chapters (with few exceptions), so that they can be used immediately in classroom instruction.

    • Interactive program TekScroll illustrates important grammatical concepts with moving graphics and provides practice items for recognizing forms (parsing) and translation and studying vocabulary
    • Exercises and practice items build on vocabulary from previous chapters, allowing immediate in-class practice without the burden of learning new vocabulary first
    • Cross-referenced to the second-year textbook, A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax by Bill T. Arnold and John Choi, with additional pointers on how to use reference works on syntax
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2009
    • format: Mixed media product
    • isbn: 9780521712842
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 280 x 217 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The signs and sounds of Hebrew: orthography and pronunciation
    2. Syllables: the structural girders of Hebrew
    3. The 'state' of noun morphology, and also gender and number
    4. More noun patterns
    5. Prepositions, conjunction, article and interrogative particle, direct object indicator
    6. Pronouns: pronominal suffixes on substantives and prepositions
    7. Adjectives
    8. Participles: infinitive construct
    9. Selected words: numbers
    10. Introduction to verbs: qal perfect
    11. Qal perfect weak verbs
    12. Qal imperfect and preterite: strong verbs
    13. Qal imperfect and preterite: weak verbs
    14. Qal volitionals and infinitive absolute
    15. Pronominal suffixes on verbs
    16. Derived stems: participles and infinitives
    17. I-class imperfect verbs: niphal, piel, hitpael, hiphil
    18. I-class imperfects: r3 = weak, r2 = g, r1 = g, r2 = x, r1 = x
    19. I-class imperfect weak verbs: r2 = y, r1 = y, r2 = r3, weak imv., inf., and ptc.
    20. A-class imperfect verbs: pual, hophal
    21. Derived stem perfects: strong verbs, r3 = weak
    22. Derived stem perfects: r1 and r2 weak, r2 = r3, rare binyanim
    Excursus A: Sorting through forms and alias profiles
    Excursus B: A syntax sampler: introduction to chapters 23-32
    23. Pauses and drama
    24. Lexicography: semantic combinations and the meaning of z
    25. Noun syntax
    26. Verb syntax: the piel
    27. Verb syntax: participles
    28. Clausal syntax in narrative: movies in the mind
    29. Particles: s and t
    30. Infinitives
    31. Perfect and vav plus perfect
    32. Poetry and time frame
    Appendix A: Additional vocabulary lists
    Appendix B: Glossary: words used 50+ times in the Hebrew Bible
    Appendix C: Paradigms: verb id badges and alias profiles.

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    Brian L. Webster

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    Brian L. Webster, Dallas Theological Seminary
    Brian L. Webster received his Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and is currently Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Essential Psalms Companion (2009). Professor Webster has been published in Bibliotheca Sacra as well as the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series.

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