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This is a companion volume to Greek for the Rest of Us by William D. Mounce. This book is a guide for English-only readers to understand the language of the Old Testament just enough to work with the Old Testament in more detail and to understand the scholarly literature on the Hebrew Bible. Its specific aims are to aid students to learn (1) why translations differ, (2) how to do Hebrew word studies, (3) what the basics of Hebrew exegesis are, and (4) how to read more advanced Old Testament commentaries with greater understanding. Herbrew for the Rest of Us is set up in a workbook format.

About the Author

Lee M. Fields is a trained Hebrew scholar with a PhD from Hebrew Union College. He is Professor of Bible and Theology at Mid-Atlantic Christian University (formerly Roanoke Bible College),  in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 49385th edition (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310277094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310277095
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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LEE M. FIELDS is a trained Hebrew scholar with a PhD from Hebrew Union College. He is the chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Mid-Atlantic Christian University (formerly Roanoke Bible College), Elizabeth City, NC.

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Lee Field's, "Hebrew for the Rest of Us" has been published as the Hebrew language equivalent to Bill Mounce's, "Greek for the Rest of Us"; however, the similarity of titles aside, the two works could hardly be more different! Whilst "HRU" is certainly well written I doubt that it would meet the needs of the intended audience, non-Hebrew trained Christian readers. It is simply too demanding. Positively, the text is replete with test questions, which is surely a 'good' thing. Negatively, it lacks any sort of answer key, which for a work of this sort must be a 'bad' thing.

As someone who tutors tertiary-level students in the biblical languages, I believe "HRU" would best serve the needs of those who are engaged in instructor-led learning at a theological college/seminary, or as a refresher text for those who had previously studied the language. Perhaps the ideal niche for the work would be a course along the lines of "introduction to Hebrew". But the interested 'layman' looking for a 'self-directed learner-friendly' text should probably look elsewhere (say, Kittel et al, "Biblical Hebrew: a Text and Workbook").
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The graphics do not show up well in the kindle version. Often it is not clear which vowel points, etc, are shown because of the poor graphics. Also, the online resources referenced in this book are not available. This book is good, but not great.
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I picked up this book for a class I was taking. Fields designed it to work with another book, "Greek for the rest of us", which was the text for the first part of the course. Between the two, Fields comes up short. He did a great job explaining what he wanted to relay to the reader, but his method and thought pattern made the book seem a bit erratic at times, and it was hard to follow.... of course, I'm sure a lot of that has to do with Hebrew being hard to follow, but his logic for selecting the order that he chose escaped me at times.

Over all, I think Fields presents a great overview of the use, syntax and function of the Hebrew alphabet, vowel points, verb and noun forms, phrases, and suffix/prefix/infix usage. I'm sure I will be referring back to this book in the coming years, and it has earned a spot on my shelf, rather than being sent back for any resale commission.
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Finally, a very practical book that allows the reader to engage in step-by-step exercises to learn and apply the Hebrew language to modern day Bible study and application.
Each chapter provides a short, concise exercise with clearly outlined objectives. This is a must-have book for any person wanting to learn more about Biblical Hebrew.
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I purchased this book for a Theology class I was required to take for my Masters program. It was the second part of the class, the first half dedicated to Greek using the text, "Greek For the Rest of Us." I found Fields book to be lacking in an ease of understanding the material, not his understanding, but mine after I had read the different areas assigned from the course. This class was 100% online and I believe the book would be far more useful and increase the level of understanding for the student had the course been an "instructor-led" environment. Still the book was able to convey enough worthwhile aspects to Hebrew for me to be quite successful in the course. The author provides good step through methodology for learning things like syntax, presentation of the Hebrew alphabet, noun and verb formats that while was not always the easiest to follow still provided a useful tool to me as a student. I have actually surprised myself by going to look for this book as a reference point a couple of times since taking the class....glad I kept it around.
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Those wanting a short cut to working with Hebrew may find a few gems in this work, but overall, it is too deep for beginning students who are looking for an overview of Hebrew.

Graphics are lacking in quality. For instance, on one page the image looked as if it had been scanned from printed material and exhibited a kind of haze as if the image did not reproduce well.

Quality was not up to expectations and the quantity or depth of information may be more than what many are looking for.
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I do not own a copy of this text but from examining the introduction pages online and some of the chapters, such a course, in order to get the most out of the study, requires purchasing several costly reference works; an investment that I imagine most beginner's would not be willing (or able) to make. I am planning to use the text for an introductory course in Spring 2016 at my church, but I can see already that I will have to make some adjustments to the lessons in order to keep the course affordable for beginner who does not wish to tow the expense of what the text lists as required reading for the course.
Additionally, the textbook assumes that the student has already had an intro course in Biblical Greek. He uses some comparative Greek examples alongside of the Hebrew (at least in chapter 3). I realize the course is designed to be taken with Mounce's "Greek for the Rest of Us," but it would appear that for the user to get the most out of the course will require the student to complete Mounce's textbook first as foundational. This, I think, is too restrictive. What if the student wishes to do it the other way around? (i.e. take the Hebrew course first!)
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