The Natural Approach toTeaching BH, Randy

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Sun May 19 18:41:39 EDT 2002

Bryan, haven't you misunderstood Randy? I thought he tried to make it
clear that his immersion is not into Modern Hebrew but into BH itself,
as accurately as he is able to do this. Your other posting suggests that
you do understand this, but others may get even more confused.

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bryan Rocine [mailto:brocine at]
> Sent: 19 May 2002 22:53
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: The Natural Approach toTeaching BH, Randy
> Hi Randy,
>    You are selling a natural approach to teaching/learning
> BH complete with testimonials, but I am not buying yet
> (keep in mind that I have taught English as a second
> language using a strictly natural approach).  A natural
> approach requires immersion in the target language, which at
> best may be accomplished for BH by approximation = immersion
> into Modern Hebrew.  You recognize this as an approximation
> but you still laud the experience because gaining fluency in
> Modern Hebrew offers to the student much greater ease when
> reading the Tanakh.  But I am not convinced that the ease
> with which one may re-code the Tanakh is the same as
> internalizing BH or fluency in BH or even reading BH!  May a
> Tanakh reader who is fluent in Modern Hebrew merely be very
> fluent at re-coding BH into Modern Hebrew, which only feels
> to him like reading but is actually misunderstanding?
> Shalom,
> Bryan
> B. M. Rocine
> Associate Pastor
> Living Word Church
> 6101 Court St. Rd.
> Syracuse, NY 13206
> (office) 315-437-6744
> (home) 315-445-3085

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