[b-hebrew] Studying Modern and Biblical Hebrew

leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Mon May 10 02:25:21 EDT 2004

Shalom James,

As I've said many times, I think that modern (as well as Mishnaic) Hebrew
is deffinately a must for any Biblical scholar. No scholar of Medieval
French literature would darenot be fluent in modern French. There is a lot
of work being done in biblical studies and related subjects that is
published in Hebrew.

HOWEVER: there are also pifalls. I don't think that "overload" is one of
them, but you have to be aware that modern Hebrew grammar and vocabulary
are often different than biblical. "Knowing" wat a word means in modern
Hebrew is often misleading, since in the biblicalit can mean somthing else
(one of the reasons that the so-called "Joash inscription" was labled a
forgery was because it used the tern "Bedeq Habbayyit" in the modern sense
of "repairing the house" rather than in the biblical of "the crack in the
house"). Also, the transloteration scheme often used is different. But
since you've already had beginner's biblical Hebrew, you are probably aware
of this - so by all means: Behatslaxah!


Original Message:
From: James Bowick bowick at idirect.com
Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 22:57:35 -0400
To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [b-hebrew] Studying Modern and Biblical Hebrew

I am beginning a self-study refresher of my introductory Hebrew in prep for
an Intermediate Hebrew course in Seminary.  I am considering studying modern
Hebrew at the same time to take advantage of the immersion resources
available (subtitled movies, modern literature in parallel, friends that are
native speakers, etc.)  The biggest drawback I see is learning a lot of
extra non-Biblical vocab.  Are there other hazzards and pitfalls of this
course of study?

James Bowick
M.Div. Cand., McMaster Divinity College
Hamilton, Ontario

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