Three quick questions

Dave Washburn dwashbur at
Sun Aug 5 14:19:33 EDT 2001

> > 2. It seems to me that OT Hebrew is much easier to learn than NT Greek once
> > you can recognize the alphabet.  Is this true?
> No it is not true. Hebrew syntax seems simple at first because it is it uses
> fewer formal mechanisms than Greek. But the fact that Hebrew syntax uses
> fewer formal mechanisms to mark the syntactic structure means that it is
> much more subtle and for that reason hard to get a handle on. Hebrew is not
> easy at all. Take you 30 years to master it.

This simply is not true.  Basic Hebrew syntax can easily be 
mastered in 2 years, similar to Greek.  I have no idea what Clay 
means by "fewer formal mechanisms"; Hebrew has fewer tenses, 
but more stems.  It's a completely different structure from the Indo-
European languages, but that certainly doesn't mean it will take 30 
years to master it.  If it took Clay that long, maybe he needs to 
rethink his methodology ;-)

Dave Washburn
"You just keep thinking, Butch.  That's what you're good at."

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