Biblical Hebrew Kittel, Hoffer & Wright

nbtp at nbtp at
Thu Aug 26 08:40:45 EDT 1999

Dear Chalomi,

You mentioned that you would like to know about others in b-hebrew group.  Well,
I would like to introduce myself.  I began to have interest in Hebrew by just
looking at alphabets given in an Urdu bible dictionary few years ago.  I started
to do self study & found it very interesting.  I did basic hebrew course from a
seminary here but wasn't able to do much, so I countinued self study which for
me was effective.  I'm still learning and found on the internet that there is a
b-hebrew group!

Even though my level of Hebrew is not high as compare to others in b-hebrew
group but certainly this is very very helpful to know in detail topics & issues
discussed in the group and I also use these while learning more of Hebrew.  I
think it's a privilage to ask questions & discuss in a group like this.

I would encourage you to participate in it.

With best wishes


Subject: Re: Biblical Hebrew Kittel, Hoffer & Wright
From:    chalomi at at internet
Date:    24/8/99  12:49 PM


I just joined this list via an internet link.  I see that this is a
University based e-mail list.  I hope there's no problem that I'm just a
non-college person living in Los Angeles who loves Hebrew and is attempting
to read the Hebrew Bible.

Just a little background about myself.  I discovered the Hebrew alphabet in
an American dictionary, back in 1977 and fell in love with it and began
teaching myself Hebrew.  I did this for a couple of years before my interest
wandered to other things.  I really enjoyed learning it and was very good at
it.  At the time it came very easy for me, although I never became fluent.

Anyway, a few months ago, I was inspired to get back into learning Hebrew
and I do have several different books including the 'Biblical Hebrew, a Text
and Workbook' that you mentioned.  I'm in a situation where I already know a
lot of what's in there, but I bought it to refresh myself specifically on
Biblical Hebrew since I'm planning on reading the Hebrew Bible from the
beginning starting next month.  The book is definitely set up in a different
way than what I'm used to.  I've read through chapter 9 and so far they
haven't given any full sentences, only phrases, and they focus a lot on the
dageshes, and their purposes and not enough on the words themselves and
sentence structure.  To be honest with you if I didn't already know a lot
about the language, I would find it to be a bit confusing :) The first books
I ever found on biblical Hebrew back in 1977 seemed to do a simpler job of
explaining the basic structure of the language.  But those were library
books, so I don't have them or even remember who they were written by or
their titles.

I'm interested in hearing about why the rest of you are on this list.  Are
you teachers, students, or just people who love the language as I do?



>From: "Joseph Brian Tucker" <music at>
>Reply-To: "Joseph Brian Tucker" <music at>
>To: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at>
>Subject: Biblical Hebrew Kittel, Hoffer & Wright
>Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 13:1:24
>I will be using _Biblical_Hebrew_A_Text_and_Workbook_ by Bonnine Pedrotti
>Kittel, Vicki Hoffer, and Rebecca Abts Wright, this fall:
>Have others on the list taught from this book recently? What are the
>strengths and weaknesses from your experience. Do you have any pedagogical
>hints as this book is used for teaching beginners?
>Thank You
>Brian Tucker, M.A.
>Riverview, MI
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