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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310277094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310277095
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

Customer Reviews

The book is great for beginners to complement other tools to learn Hebrew.
josecito58
Then again, you wouldn't need to follow this book, because you would already understand Biblical Hebrew.
Timothy J Moore
The editing in this book is the worst that I've ever seen in an academic book.
Lucas D. Weeks

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ij Thomason on March 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Brooks on April 13, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Besso on June 23, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Huffman on February 8, 2013
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Very well written and easy to understand, the book provides great basic introduction to Hebrew with great comparisons to English.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jpwcalvary on August 26, 2013
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melder on July 16, 2014
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Ugh. The most unhelpful, confusing book ever! You'd practically have to have a masters degree in English for this all to make sense. Does this make sense to you?
"In Hebrew, prepositions are in construct with their objects. In saying this, though, there is no need to ask how the Gen case is functioning; the pp governs the case functions."
The charts make no sense at all.
It gives all the parts of speech and how to diagram sentences, without actually teaching you any Hebrew or knowing what any of it means, so you really have no idea what you're doing. Also, there are practice questions, but no way to check if you're right.
For learning the letters/vowels, and their sounds, it was WAY more helpful to watch short videos on www.twebrewschool.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Maxwell on December 28, 2013
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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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By puff bird on December 17, 2014
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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 course. Wrong. As another reviewer noted, the author is in love with modern English grammar and the charts are very confusing as are many of the descriptions. Surely my Israeli trained teacher of Hebrew Scriptures would roll in his grave, if such were possible. I remember Hebrew as demanding and, as a Semitic language, very different from any Indo European language. This very difference opened my eyes to a new way of seeing Scripture. Beyond the alphabet, I was hoping for that difference to be conveyed again in this book. Perhaps this was unrealistic but I still think the reader without any Hebrew would be better finding something else. Better yet, find a tutor.
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