[b-hebrew] Intermediate Hebrew Books?

gfsomsel at juno.com gfsomsel at juno.com
Thu Nov 25 11:57:18 EST 2004

On Thu, 25 Nov 2004 09:36:07 -0700 Dave Washburn <dwashbur at nyx.net>
> Ken,
> When you describe J-M as "newer" do you mean "newer than WOC" or 
> "newer than 
> GKC"?  I know that Jouon is much older than WOC, but I'm also 
> wondering how 
> much revising Muraoka did on it, and how much is just translation 
> into 
> English?  I've used the older Jouon before but not the J-M upgrade; 
> could 
> some folks give me your reviews of it?
> On Thursday 25 November 2004 07:34, Ken Penner wrote:
> > For intermediate textbooks, I've seen people use Van der Merwe, 
> Naudé, and
> > Kroeze’s A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar (Sheffield: 
> Continuum, 1999).
> > I'm not sure I'd recommend it above IBHS (=WOC), for the material 
> > covers. IBHS does not cover morphology, so it needs to be 
> supplemented by
> > Joüon-Muraoka (newer) or Gesenius-Kautzsch-Cowley (older).
> >
> > Ken Penner
> > McMaster/Hebrew
> >
> > > I'm currently reading Intro to Biblical Hebrew Syntax in
> > > order to complete my knowledge of Biblical Hebrew. Are there
> > > any other works that I should read along with this one in
> > > order to get an advanced knowledge of Hebrew?
> >
> > _______________________________________________

>From the Preface to the English edition, p. xiii

The edition presented here is thus an English translation and revision of
the French original (1).  With the exception to the Preface to the
original French edition, which is presented intact in English garb, there
is hardl a paragraph which has been left unrevised.  A revision may take
the form of a new footnote, a rewriting of the body of the text to some
degree, an occasional deletion of a whole paragraph or insertion of a
whole new paragraph (2).  In the interests of clarity of presentation and
ease of comprehension from the point of view of the reader it has been
decided not to mark the revisions externally or typographically.

Therefore, unless one has access to the older French edition (pardon me
while I disinfect my keyboard), it is impossible to say what the
differences might be.


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