- Hardcover: 779 pages
- Publisher: Eisenbrauns (January 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0931464315
- ISBN-13: 978-0931464317
- Product Dimensions: 2 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax
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Meeting the need for a textbook for classroom use after first year Hebrew grammar, Waltke and O'Connor integrate the results of modern linguistic study of Hebrew and years of experience teaching the subject in this book. In addition to functioning as a teaching grammar, this work will also be widely used for reference and self-guided instruction in Hebrew beyond the first formal year. Extensive discussion and explanation of grammatical points help to sort out points blurred in introductory books. More than 3,500 Biblical Hebrew examples illustrate the points of grammar under discussion. Four indexes (Scripture, Authorities cited, Hebrew words, and Topics) provide ready access to the vast array of information found in the 40 chapters. Destined to become a classic work, this long-awaited book fills a major gap among modern publications on Biblical Hebrew.
An errata sheet for the seventh and eighth printing is available for download. These changes have been incorporated into the ninth printing.
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It explains in its initial history a lot of unique statements in the Torah, and illustrations throughout give the reader an excellent idea about the Hebrew Scriptures. I bought this to aid in designing a language studies course at seminary and it has stood me in great help so far, going beyond anything I would have expected to get out of an intermediate level grammar and is an amazing, invaluable, and priceless resource, both to the professor, and the student. I recommend all people taking Hebrew purchase this book and add it to their collection and read it through cover to cover as well as using it as a topical reference guide.
I have found the sections on Hebrew verbs the most enlightening and correcting, e.g., that the Pi'el stem is NOT intensive. Such intenseness must be detected from a combination of the lexical verb meaning, the stem, and the text/co-text. This book also presents other up-to-date information on the forming of nouns from verbs, etc.
As others have noted, the layout and presentation is great. It really can't be presented any easier, I don't think.
One must read Gesenius, for he presents very important information across the board, including much on phonology and linguistics not covered by Waltke & O'Connor. But to stick with Gesenius will leave one in error on some points. Waltke & O'Connor, simply put, make the corrections and make studying Biblical Hebrew exciting, and even much easier to learn.
It is still a good resource if you can maintain the brain power to understand the technical language if you have a novice background to linguistics. The volume could be more pedagogical however that would cater to the self learner and perhaps that was not the intent of the author. This volume seems to be designed for the classroom setting. However it is still decent for the self learner.
You will often find yourself flipping back a page or two at a list or chart, for whatever they're explaining, but I don't understand how you could have a problem with that. I first saw this at the Portland City Library in PDX, Oregon, and vowed to myself I was going to buy it, no matter what the cost. It's worth it's weight in pure platinum..!
All in all, I usually find it easy to locate the grammatical point in which I am interested, though sometimes I have to resort to looking up every instance a Hebrew particle occurs throughout the book. For this looking up of various nuances of a particle, I sometimes find Williams more user friendly. Nevertheless, Waltke and O'Connor's volume has been my resource of choice.