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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2006
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This is one of the two big (about 1000 cards/words) sets of pre-made Biblical Hebrew flash cards readily available for purchase on Amazon. Recently I reviewed the other set, the Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary Cards by Dillard, which sell on Amazon for $12.95. The Old Testament Hebrew Vocabulary Cards by Van Pelt and Pratico (part of the Zondervan product line) sell for $17.95, a bit more. As I noted in my review of the Dillard set, if I were still a starving college student, the five dollar difference alone might have inclined me toward Dillard. Now that I've got a real job in the real world, I sprung for BOTH of them. I have been using both of them in my personal study of Hebrew and I like them both, though each is a little different from the other with different strengths.

In my review of the Dillard set, I stated that I liked it the best. I still think I do, but I might have been reacting a bit to what I thought was an unfairly negative review of the Dillard cards by one reviewer. The same reviewer in a shorter review of the Van Pelt and Pratico cards says the Dillard set is "plain awful." I strongly disagree. Basically, the two sets are quite similar: Hebrew on one side and English on the other. There would not be many people who could learn from one but not from the other. But in this review, I will highlight the advantages of the Van Pelt and Pratico set, which I will call Van Pelt for short.

Van Pelt cards are keyed to four Hebrew grammar texts: one by Van Pelt and Pratico themselves, and the others by Futato, Ross, and Seow. I'm not using those at the moment, but if I were that would be very helpful. Some of the cards have some ancillary information such as alternative spellings and irregular plurals (but in smaller print). The Van Pelt cards are a little larger overall. Their length is a little less than the Dillard cards (which are the same length as many standard business cards) but the width is greater than the Dillard cards (not quite the width of a standard business card). And the paper is a little thicker and stiffer than the Dillard set. To me this makes no difference but perhaps the Van Pelt set will last longer because of the thicker paper. The print on the Van Pelt is a regular Hebrew word processor font. The Dillard uses hand calligraphy. What I consider an unfair review of Dillard states that the Dillard calligraphy was not well done and that it was difficult to read. I think the Dillard calligraphy is excellent and quite readable. But if you are myopic and need very big print, the Van Pelt will be better for you (but as I noted, it has some ancillary information in smaller print; the Dillard cards have even more ancillary information in smaller print. But even the smallest print on either card is larger than newprint).

The Van Pelt set advertises an "internet support site" but really this is just an advertisement site for other Van Pelt and Practico products as well as some other Biblical language products. What is not mentioned on the box is that there is a audio CD by a different author "Old Testament Hebrew Vocabulary: Learn on the Go" by Jonathan T. Pennington, as part of the same Zondervan product line, in which the most frequent Hebrew Bible words are pronounced. These are not in the same order as the numbered Van Pelt cards, but one can rearrange the cards and put them in the same order. I recently bought the audio CD but I haven't worked with it yet. I cannot attest that the words are exactly the same, but since both sets claim to have about 1000 of the most common Hebrew words in the Bible, there should be a very significant overlap. One could actually use the CD with either the Van Pelt or the Dillard cards though I might expect that they would match the Van Pelt set better. Also, there is a book on Hebrew vocabulary, which I don't own, called The Vocabulary Guide for Biblical Hebrew by Van Pelt and Pratico, which probably parallels the Van Pelt cards quite well.

If you look up the Amazon listing for the Dillard set, which is part of the huge Vis-Ed line of study cards, you can see the reasons why I prefer Dillard. To be honest, they are all weak reasons except for the fact that the Dillard cards frequently have a lot of ancillary information such as related grammatical forms and derivations that I find interesting and useful. In deciding which set to buy I would recommend consulting your teacher, if you have one. Also, if you are using one of the books cross referenced by Van Pelt, then Van Pelt is probably better for you. If you can afford it, do what I did---buy both.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2009
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I've been using these cards to great effect for some months now in tandem with the Pratico/Van Pelt Grammar (which is very good). They're great cards, with one major problem: not all them are properly keyed to the Pratico Grammar. The cards are organized by frequency, and a few words here and there will have a disparity between what's in the book and what's on the cards. This problem isn't a big deal when you're dealing with the high frequency words (as the jump in frequency will be larger from word to word) but when a rarer word isn't keyed correctly it can be very difficult to find. This oversight is especially infuriating because both the cards and the book are put out by Zondervan. The problem may be due to different editions (I can't think of anything else that would cause it) but it's still unacceptable. The cards are still definitely worth the money, but know that you're going to be getting angry at them from time to time.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2008
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These cards are well printed, with clear Hebrew fonts. The cues to various [Christian Hebrew] textbooks may be useful; the OT wordcount cues are definitely helpful. Two problems limit the usefulness:
lack of an index sheet for those of use who need to find cards out of the order they were numbered in, and the cards 'flip' sideways rather than over.
They outshine the Vis-ed series because the Hebrew font is more readable, and the order is more practical for students who use a modern textbook. If you need and will use vocab cards, these are the ones to buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
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Hebrew is difficult enough - and then there are those itty-bitty tiny dots in the textbooks and related material. The cards have large symbols - allowing the ability to finally tell the difference between and r and a d....and so-on. I'm just beginning and they've already been a tremendous help.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2010
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I love this card set. It is very helpful that it is keyed to several different grammars. The font is great, and the frequency counts are helpful.

One of the drawbacks was not having an index to the cards so that you could easily find a particular card, but today on the [...] website I found a "hidden" link to the Index for this list!!! VERY helpful! I've been searching for this kind of thing for a long time! Here's the link: [...]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2013
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It's wonderful to find a way to review vocabulary, and these cards are it. The cards are arranged by frequency so you can concentrate on the most frequently used words first.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2006
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Last year I attempted to learn Hebrew on my own vollition without these cards. This year I actually have learned the Vocabulary. Though they are strangely organized at first you can easily place them in better order with their numbering system. Very good purchase.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I use these cards with success, but one product such as these cards should only be a tool in use with other materials such as a real Hebrew Primer. The reason is that there are errors in these cards.

One major example I can describe is a simple error of gender. Card #111 "Arba" (Eng. "Four") is implied masculine singular on the card but it is feminine singular. The card also has "Arba'ah" labeled as feminine singular but it is masculine singular. Hebrew numbers tend to have opposite gender than commonly expected. This is true to Biblical Hebrew and Modern Standard Hebrew. Also, I would beware of some of the definitions as some cards contain definitions that are used once in the Bible but in a metaphorical sense which will confuse you if you memorize it. There are a few cards that are the same exact Hebrew word but on different cards. This is ridiculous, as someone can apply the same definition and grammatical function in all instances. All it did for me was make me shuffle back to find both cards to make sure they were the same word, it was just confusing.

I apologize that I have not a solution to these errors. You obviously want to purchase flash cards because you don't want to make your own.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2012
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These cards are designed to work with 4 different Hebrew grammar books. I can only comment on how they work with Seow's book, since this is the one being used in my class. Yes, they are useful (if you don't want to make your own), but I feel compelled to give this product a 1-star rating because of its drawbacks.

I'll start with the obvious: no roots on the cards, no transliteration (which would be a big help for pronunciation). Then I find missing cards, and duplicates (same word, different numbers)! (one duplicate so far) Sometimes the number is on the left corner, sometimes on the right. (most are consistent, but not all). And why not print them so that flipping them up, instead of to the side gets you to the reverse?

Here's what is really irritating - there is no way to find the cards for your particular chapter except to riffle through the whole deck of 1000 to find the ones you want! Yes, I know there is an alphabetical index .pdf file which can be downloaded. I took the trouble to download and print this. And what did I find? NONE of the numbers on the index that I looked at were correct! Incredible. (example: the index gives "torah" as card 201, but the actual card number is 40)

C'mon Zondervan, why do you sell such a shoddy product? These cards are not worthless, I'm dealing with the issues and do find some value here. If a real index was offered, I'd give 2 more stars. I can't believe someone went through the trouble to create a detailed index, with all wrong numbers. Did I maybe just get a bad (misprinted) box?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2013
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This was a gift sent to my mother. She loves to study the Bible and history and Hebrew. From the telephone call I received and excitement in her voice-- IT WAS A HOME RUN!!! Afraid i cant give specific product info. She seemed pleased with vocabulary features as well as reference info. Her enthusiasm makes me want to order a set...which i just might do! Thats all for now.
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