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An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax Hardcover – January 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0931464317 ISBN-10: 0931464315

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  • Hardcover: 779 pages
  • Publisher: Eisenbrauns (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931464315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931464317
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce K. Waltke (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Harvard Divinity School), acknowledged to be one of the outstanding contemporary Old Testament scholars, is professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College in Vancouver. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, commentaries, and articles, and contributed to dictionaries and encyclopedias.

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This is the Hebrew grammar that I use the most often.
RW
It bridges the gap between a student grammar like Lambdin's Introduction to Biblical Hebrew and a reference grammar like Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar (GKC).
Gregory Olsen
They present their material in clear and concise language.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By William D. Barrick on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In their preface, Waltke and O'Connor describe their work as an intermediate grammar to be employed between basic grammatical studies and more advanced research literature. The reference nature of this volume is exhibited in its logical and topical arrangement. The introductory section deals with matters of history (of the language, the Hebrew Scriptures, the study of Hebrew), linguistics, and grammatical units. The second section of the volume covers Hebrew nouns; the third considers adjectives, numerals, and pronouns; the fourth delves into classical Hebrew's verbal stems; and, the final section describes the usage of verbal conjugations and clauses. The glossary of grammatical terms, classified bibliography, and indexes enhance the volume and enable the teacher and student to maximize its use.
An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (IBHS) provides the students of biblical Hebrew with the most up to date and scholarly grammar written in the English language. The authors make it clear that their volume does not replace other reference grammars. Their reasoning is both honest and accurate-IBHS is not exhaustive either in treating exceptions or even in covering all matters of syntax and grammar. This grammar, however, is so well written that we can only hope that Waltke and O'Connor will see fit to complete this magnificent offering in a second volume that would treat the remaining elements of Hebrew syntax with the same excellence manifested in this work.
All other reference biblical Hebrew grammars for English language readers have been written first in another language and then translated into English.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Olsen VINE VOICE on March 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is very well written intermediate grammar on Biblical Hebrew. It bridges the gap between a student grammar like Lambdin's Introduction to Biblical Hebrew and a reference grammar like Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar (GKC). The introductory material is very useful. The introductory material includes a brief introduction to semitic languages in general, the history of the Hebrew language, the transmission of the canonical text and the masoretic tradition.
Linguistic jargon that will be encountered is well explained. This is very useful for students of O.T. studies who are not usually schooled in linguistics.
The book is also well footnoted. The footnotes may be used to get started on deeper research into particular features of grammar.
Overall, study of this book will help get the student of B.H. and O.T. over that hump from being competent to read and translate the basic narrative materials (Pentateuch, Joshua-2Kings, Ruth, Jonah) to tackling some of the more difficult translation issues in the canon.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Alsruhe on January 13, 2004
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I have been a fan of Gesenius for a long time. While I knew there was updated information to consider, I thought his text was enough. But although his text is certainly still necessary, and necessarily covers issues that the book reviewed here does not, it is clear that one must turn to Waltke & O'Connor to reach a greater level of accuracy. Writing so long after Gesenius, they have presented new and accurate information based on the latest research, not only of Ancient Hebrew, but also based on cognate Semitic languages.
I have found the sections on Hebrew verbs the most enlightening and correcting, e.g., that the Pi'el stem is NOT intensive. Such intenseness must be detected from a combination of the lexical verb meaning, the stem, and the text/co-text. This book also presents other up-to-date information on the forming of nouns from verbs, etc.
As others have noted, the layout and presentation is great. It really can't be presented any easier, I don't think.
One must read Gesenius, for he presents very important information across the board, including much on phonology and linguistics not covered by Waltke & O'Connor. But to stick with Gesenius will leave one in error on some points. Waltke & O'Connor, simply put, make the corrections and make studying Biblical Hebrew exciting, and even much easier to learn.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1997
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After five semesters of studying Hebrew, I thought that the only remaining thing for me to learn was vocabulary. Waltke and O'Conner put me back in my place, and they renewed the challenge of learning Hebrew. Be careful to hide this book from beginning students, lest they sell their BHS and throw in the towel. For the person who wants to know EVERYTHING about Hebrew, this book is indispensable
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bookology on March 2, 2003
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I agree with the all the previous postive comments, no need to restate them. I am largely self-taught in Biblical
Hebrew. Once you are past the basics, Waltke-O'Connor is the next best thing to having a real teacher. This book fills the gap between what most introductory books teach you and what most advanced books and articles think you already know. I do not agree with the previous commenter who said that it is a difficult read. This is all relative - All advanced hebrew grammars (and many beginner ones!) are difficult reads. Waltke-O'Connor is easier than most. But is not a traditional reference grammar like GKC or Jouon-Muraoka. It is not designed to allow looking up a particular verse or construction and find The Answer. Rather, each chapter is an extended discussion of particular area. Their aim is more to help point you in the right direction. Regarding GKC - the English translation lacks Bergstrasser's additions.
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