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A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax Bilingual Edition

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"Arnold and Choi have given to all who love the Hebrew Scriptures a clear, concise, correct and carefully prepared guide to Biblical Hebrew syntax, helping its students to interpret scripture accurately." Bruce K. Waltke, author of An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax

"This is a highly useful book. It is brief and concise, yet is long enough to provide helpful and detailed descriptions (along with copious examples) that condense and distill the best of recent developments in Hebrew grammar and syntax... Students and instructors of Biblical Hebrew will want and need this volume on their shelves." Brent A. Strawn, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

"What a joy to read!...The concept of having something to put into students' hands after a year of grammatical study that attempts to lead them further into making sense of the Hebrew text is a wonderful and commendable goal....This is a long-overdue book." Roy L. Heller, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

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At the heart of biblical interpretation is the need to read the Bible's "syntax" (the way words, clauses, and sentences relate to each other). The growing demands on theological education have made it difficult for students of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament) to master the intermediate-level skills required to interpret the syntax of the Bible's original language. A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax defines the fundamental syntactical features of the Hebrew Bible, and illustrates each feature with at least one example, extracted from the Bible itself and accompanied with English translation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Bilingual edition (November 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521533481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521533485
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Caine on December 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
It's stunning that after years of Biblical authorship, we still don't have a good guide to Biblical grammar for beginning or intermediate level students. Biblical grammar is a tricky thing: it is the product of modern scholarship's attempt to reconstruct a Biblical grammar. Arnold and Choi's contribution is helpful in many ways: it allows someone with only basic grammatical knowledge to penetrate and learn Biblical grammar, someone who would otherwise be lost by the concision of Moshe Greenberg or overwhelmed by Gesenius. It will explain to you that there are no tenses in Hebrew, only "aspects" (perfect and imperfect), and it will run down long taxonomical lists of grammatical "uses", such as pages and pages and pages of the various "meanings" of the lamed. (For what it's worth, there is increasing scholarship today that Biblical Hebrew in fact is a tensed language, not an aspected language, though, not surprisingly, Arnold and Choi do not point out that there is an opposing opinion to theirs.)

The problem, and it is a major one, is that Arnold and Choi make no effort to present to the reader which meanings and uses are relatively established and which are speculative. When I went over many of the uses with a professor of Biblical grammar, I learned that they establish entire categories for uses that occur once in the whole Bible. This is their downfall: if they can make another use or "case," then they will (the astronomical number of special uses of the construct form is absurd), and then they'll tell us that we have to put certain examples in those categories. We are told, for example, that the causative hifil of "see" is the permissive hifil, as in "God let him see" when in fact there is no reason not to translate it "God showed him.
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This book is excellent for the student of Biblical Hebrew. Often times, many beginning students do not fully learn the rules of syntax in the first couple of semesters of Biblical Hebrew, and it is not until the student begins to read in upper level classes that the fundamentals of syntax are truly necessary. This book meets the need for a concise guide for syntax, explaining in simple ways how things such as the waw verbal sequences and the varied uses of prepositional prefixes work in sentences. The explanations are very simple, and a student who has performed competently in one or two semesters of Hebrew should not have any trouble discerning the terms and lingo of Hebrew grammar and syntax. The book is basically a highly abridged version of Waltke and O'Connor's Biblical Hebrew Syntax, a thick and essential volume that students will want to graduate to upon mastering Arnold and Choi's smaller volume.

I have used this book quite extensively in my own exegesis classes (Dr. Bill Arnold is one my profs) and it has served me very well. Thus, I recommend it to any student of Hebrew that needs reinforcement in their understanding of Hebrew syntax.
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I have used this book extensively as I have exegeted the Hebrew text and it is fantastic. This guide is snap to use for about 95% of the questions I have regarding the text. The other 5% I use Walkte and O'Connor.
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I am using this book in my Hebrew classe in seminary and have to say it really is a wonderful resource! It strives for and achieves great clarity on grammatical and syntactical ideas and consistently presents excellent examples, underlining how Hebrew constructions can be rendered into English.

The content covered includes the nominative case, the genitive, the accusative, apposition, adjectives, numerals, verbs and their nuances, particles (prepositions and adverbs; really strong on these), and clauses and sentences. At the end there is also a much appreciated glossary of terms, subject and Scripture index, and bibliography.

Overall I really like how well organized and presented this book is, and I can tell the authors put a great amount of effort into getting the best syntactical information, distilling it down, explaining it clearly, and giving superb examples. I find myself referencing this book quite frequently even for my first year translations, and I'm sure it will provide great help in future exegesis.
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This Book is easy to understand, designed very well and offers good explanations. It is not, however, a reference grammar. It offers alot of footnotes that refer to the bigger grammars for further study. I wish I had used it instead of Waltke and O'Conner for second year Hebrew, but still there is no getting around the need for a more indepth Grammar. Read this book, then buy Waltke and O'Conner.
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This is a book I've been looking for. It's nice to have a reference book with all the syntax rules organized and structured. I've used a number of grammars for Biblical Hebrew and some of them deal with syntax to one degree or another, but no one has a summary of syntax rules. This is a great complement to one's study of Biblical Hebrew -- it's not a substitute for a grammar book. I highly recommend it before moving on to Waltke and O'Connor.
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Really, all you need to know to read and exegete the Hebrew Scriptures. Anything more, and you're entering the domain of comparative Semitics, linguistics theory, etc. A great supplement to a beginner Biblical Hebrew grammar. The table of contents is broken down nicely which allows for a quick reference and explanation of verb stems, particles, clauses, etc. and their uses in almost any situation. Great go-to guide that should be kept close at hand.
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