[b-hebrew] Recommended Dictionary

James Spinti JSpinti at Eisenbrauns.com
Thu Dec 11 10:06:34 EST 2008


There are lots and lots of Hebrew first year grammars out there, and all
of them have advantages and disadvantages. Here are some favorites, in
no particular order:

1. Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Grammar	Pratico & van Pelt
	Zondervan has a series of other titles to complement this,
including flashcards (the flashcards are keyed to Pratico, Futato, Seow,
and Ross, so you could use them for any of the first 4 here)

2. Beginning Biblical Hebrew	Futato	Eisenbrauns
	Answers to the exercises are in the back of the book	

3. A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew	Seow	Abingdon
	There is an annotated key available for this one

4. Introducing Biblical Hebrew	Ross	Baker

5. Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar	Kelley	Eerdmans

I would suggest avoiding Weingreen (too old), Lambdin (too expensive).

All 5 of them are suitable for self-study, provided you are motivated :)

Hope that helps,
James Spinti
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Eisenbrauns, Good books for more than 30 years
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[mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mary Thompson
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 9:01 AM
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Subject: [b-hebrew] Recommended Dictionary

Thanks Karl, for saying these things.  I tend to jump into the deep  
end enough on my own.  ;-)

I am new at Hebrew - and haven't even attempted reading the Hebrew  
version alone from cover to cover (although I have read it in English  
several times).  I don't mind a learning curve (actually it's my  
favorite part of any endeavor), and now that I've found you guys to  
answer my questions, I know it will be less of a struggle.  And I  
have a lot of greenhorn questions.

One thing I've learned over the years of being a writer and an  
autodidact and learning about various languages is that no dictionary  
is perfect, even 'the best' English dictionaries have shortcomings  
and can disagree with each other.  I no longer expect perfection or  
absolute answers.  No language really works that way, anyway.  Living  
languages are dynamic, and dead languages were dynamic, and it's not  
possible to capture all the nuances of either.

For a good overview of linguistics, check out _The Power of Babel: A  
Natural History of Language_ by John McWhorter.

My thanks, also, to everyone who helped answer my questions.  I'll  
probably get the BDB soon.  If anyone can recommend a beginner  
grammar, I'll add it to my list.  And I'll get my greenhorn questions  
together, so be ready.

Mary Thompson
maryethomp2005 at mac.com

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn  
how to do it."
  -- Pablo Picasso

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