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Hebrew for the Rest of Us: Using Hebrew Tools without Mastering Biblical Hebrew Paperback – November 30, 2008
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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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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").
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.
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.
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.
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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I don't like to criticize...but I think this book tried to cover too much ground, so it lost its identity somewhat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by too many books
Unable to do well with this book. Typographical errors. Not well written.Published 4 months ago by M. Walsh
Lots more confusing than it needs to be. I picked up this book hoping that it would refresh my very rusty Biblical Hebrew without the agony (or charm) of the full first year... Read morePublished 13 months ago by puff bird
Informative but moves at a very quick pace. Be sure to take notes and practice with someone in real life!Published 16 months ago by Jonathan Esterman