[b-hebrew] English to Hebrew?

Edward Andrews edandrews at roadrunner.com
Thu Nov 30 11:22:31 EST 2006

To all:


William Sanford LaSor's "Handbook of Biblical Hebrew, vol.1(Grand Rapids: Errdmans, 1978, p.3:


"All learning is in context. The context, however, is not artificial, composed perchance by one who does not use the language naturally, but rather it is the actual language of those who used it as their mother-tongue. For this reason, I refuse to ask students to compose sentences in Hebrew. To do so is to impress errors on the student's mind. And, frankly, most of us who teach Biblical hebrew do not have sufficient fluency in the language to speak or write it."


I have noticed that most grammars I have used, work from Hebrew to English, not English to Hebrew.  However, Menahem Mansoor goes both ways.  Would the members of b-hebrew agree that, in general, most Hebrew scholars do not speak Biblical Hebrew or are able to take an English paragraph and translate it into Hebrew (at least not very easily)?


Edward Andrews

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