dropping the vowel points, or, how do I get to Modern Hebrew??
hildenbr at Haas.Berkeley.EDU
Tue Feb 29 12:36:49 EST 2000
The way I passed my exam in modern Hebrew was to read as much as I could
from the Encyclopedia Miqrait (sp?). The Hebrew there is not too
difficult, but it was sufficiently interesting (and there is *lots* of
it) to keep me going. There are some pieces that you can understand only
by having a knowledge of the specialty or knowing the writer. I read one
book for my dissertation and found that he had either invented or
transliterated from English back to Hebrew words that did not exist in any
dictionary. Very frustrating, especially when you are having trouble with
the dictionaries (they don't work like the BH dictionaries).
On Tue, 29 Feb 2000, Dave Washburn wrote:
> > I'm at the end of my second year of BH in graduate school, and I'd like to make the transition
> > both to unvocalized texts and to modern Hebrew as expeditiously [and painlessly?] as possible.
> > I'd love to have any suggestions those on the list might offer. Also, have any of you used
> > Muraoka's Modern Hebrew for Biblical Scholars?
> The only way I know is read, read, read. I tried Muraoka's book but
> found the Hebrew typeface (at least in the edition my library got
> me) difficult to read. Some of the selections were interesting, but I
> got more mileage out of studying the grammar portion and then
> reading as much modern Heb text as I could get my hands on with
> a couple of dictionaries nearby. One of my Hebrew students
> subscribed to Qadmoniot and began sending me back issues when
> she finished with them, so I have a fairly steady stream of new
> material to hone my skills. This kind of saturation is the best way I
> know to make the transition.
> Dave Washburn
> Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;
> give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.
> Psalm 86:11
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