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A Graded Reader of Biblical Hebrew is the ideal next-step resource for the student who has completed a year of elementary Hebrew, or it can be used as a refresher for the pastor or scholar whose language skills have diminished due to lack of use. Immersion in the language is the best way to reinforce what you have already learned and to gain greater proficiency in using the language for exegesis and preaching. A Graded Reader of Biblical Hebrew is a structured introduction to the reading of biblical Hebrew texts. Through these readings, you will be able to review basic Hebrew grammar, become familiar with issues of intermediate grammar, and gain confidence in handling the Hebrew text. The readings chosen for inclusion, which are arranged generally in order of increasing difficulty, span the whole of the Old Testament and represent some of the most important Old Testament texts from the standpoint of biblical history, theology, and exegesis. The many notes that accompany the text include information on grammar, exegetically significant constructions, vocabulary words, idioms, bibliographic information, and more. Parsing exercises are included with each reading, and there is room for you to write your own English translation.

About the Author

Miles Van Pelt (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, where he also serves as Academic Dean. Miles lives in Madison, Mississippi, with his wife, Laurie, and their four children.



Gary D. Pratico (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) is senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew language at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been teaching Hebrew for more than thirty years and is coauthor with Miles V. Van Pelt of Basics of Basics of Biblical Hebrew (grammar and workbook) and The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310251575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310251576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jaroslav Melgr on February 13, 2007
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I like the idea behind this book, but I had a bit different expectations -- probably a misunderstanding on my part. I was expecting that this would be structured around broader syntactical rules and principles (obviously not as detailed as Arnold/Choi and certainly not Waltke/O'Connor), followed by reading examples to illustrate the principles. Instead the structure of the book is quite the opposite -- it is a series of reading passages, each of which is followed by explanation or discussion of each word (form, parsing, etc.) in passage. It is up to the reader to connect all the different instances and passages that illustrate this or that syntactical rule. With this understanding of the book, its structure and objective, I would say it's well done.

Although it's not what I initially thought it would be, I would still recommend it as a useful resource. The authors selected interesting passages from all over the OT and the explanation behind each passage is certainly helpful. The back of the book also includes an answer key to the parsing exercises. See the following list of passages covered in this book:

Law
1. Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning
2. Genesis 2:1-3 The seventh day
3. Genesis 26:1-6 God's promises to Isaac
4. Genesis 35:9-15 God's promises to Jacob
5. Genesis 43:1-8 Jacob sends Benjamin to Egypt
6. Exodus 3:1-12 The burning bush
7. Exodus 6:1-8 I am the Lord
8. Exodus 34:1-6 The Lord proclaims His Name
9. Leviticus 19:1-4 The demand for holiness
10. Numbers 6:22-26 Aaron's blessing
11. Deuteronomy 6:1-15 The Shema
12. Deuteronomy 11:18-23 Teach these words to your children
13. Deuteronomy 31:1-8 Be strong and courageous

Prophets
14.
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For years I have struggled to start working with the Hebrew Old Testament.
Even with a reader's dictionary and an inter-linear I come across word morphology
that seems anomalous and I get stuck.
With the Graded Reader, I have Profs. Van Pelt and Pratico standing by right
there to tell me "Yeah that word does seem strange, but the reason
there is a qamets there instead of a patach is.......
And then I keep reading! I end up pondering the text of the Bible and
not pondering about why a qamets is there.

Slowing, day by day I am learning inductively the things that
staring at a paradigm charts would take years.

The Hebrew font in this volume is large, and there are no cantilation marks
resulting in a blessedly easy to read page.
(Just to be clear, the Hebrew vowel points are there, the cantilation marks are not)

... a wonderful work...
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Graded Reader of Biblical Hebrew I find excellent. It is very clear, well spaced-out, nothing cluttered-up about it. I like the way the Biblical Texts are presented- again, not bundled and bunched together. The grammatical explanations are so helpful. Anyone serious about his/her Biblical Hebrew has the ideal aid. The Authors are true Teachers because they demand the Student co=operates with them and does his share of the work. Learning is not always easy and playful- but it is interesting and very satisfying. If you are really serious about your Hebrew study, here is the Book to be your companion and advisor. Amazon is to be congratulated for making the Book available at such a price. More similiar Book at same ;prices please!!
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This is a super reader. I am only beginning to understand Hebrew, and the grammatical explanations and clear, large text make reading my graded reader a pleasure every time. I particularly like notes on the change in morphology reflective in the "dagesh forte" present in so many words. This is an excellent complementary tool to the Basics of Biblical Hebrew grammar book I also have.
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This is a great tool for continued study by engaging with the Hebrew text. The grammatical commentary that is included with each text provides helpful information as to why certain words are structured the way they are in a passage, as well as providing some help for figures of speech in the Hebrew.
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Very good selections for intermediate students from Law, Prophets, and Writings.
Answer key for parsing verbs as well as verse by verse explanations of idioms, typical constructions and Hebraisms.
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By Kat on January 28, 2014
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This book is an excellent next step to first hebrew primer. At the same time you could use Building Your Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary: Learning Words by Frequency and "A reader's Hebrew bible"
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I like this book. I thought it would parse every word as the similar one for the book of Ruth does, but it doesn't.
That's OK though. It will be good for me to look the unparsed words up and try to do that myself.
I love learning Biblical Hebrew and the opportunity it gives me to see deeper into the Word.
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