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A Reader's Hebrew Bible Imitation Leather – January 29, 2008
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About the Author
A. Philip Brown II (PhD, Bob Jones University) is Professor of Bible and Theology at God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bryan W. Smith (PhD, Bob Jones University) is Bible integration coordinator at Bob Jones University Press.
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Why A Hebrew Reader?
Seminary is not designed to teach you all you need to know about biblical Hebrew. Rather, seminary equips you with the tools necessary to begin the long journey of reading right to left, thinking in parallelisms, observing inclusio's, and following word plays throughout the three quarters of the Holy Scriptures known as the Old Testament. Seminary, then, is simply the beginning of a lifetime of reading and meditating upon the Tanakh "day and night" (Psa. 1).
Once you have begun the arduous journey you are then confronted at every point with a stiff either/or: Either regularly use and grow your Hebrew, or lose it. Inductive study (i.e. reading) is the only possible path for maintaining and growing your Hebrew. Learning a language means using a language. There are no shortcuts.
How, then, can the seminarian or minister navigate this either/or fork in the road? You guessed it ... by reading the Hebrew Bible!
"But wait!" You cry. "I've just about lost all my Hebrew skill! It's been years since I was flipping flashcards and parsing qal paradigms!" Or, perhaps you are staring at your next semester's class schedule pondering whether to start this Hebrew journey in the first place. Fret not on either account; The Reader's Hebrew Bible was written just for you.Read more ›
My hesitation was overcome by the fact that I use my UBS RGNT on a daily basis for devotional use, but don't read the Hebrew text in the same way as frequently because of the need for a lexicon nearby. A reader's lexicon helps, but it's still a clunky way to read, and because Hebrew vocabulary is so much larger than NT Greek, there are few of us who will ever be able to simply read with no lexicon around. So seeing what a reader's GNT did for me, I ordered this.
I'm very pleased. It hast the same cheap binding and paper as the companion RGNT, but the fact that it's duo-tone (basically PVC plastic) does mean that despite being flimsy, it should hold up for a long time. They seem to have overcome the typeface problems present in both editions of the RGNT. This font is very easy to read. I have not found the proper names being in gray instead of black to be a problem -- they're not that light and the purpose is to make proper names used less than 100 times stand out so that the newbie doesn't waste time trying to parse them. That's the whole point: to gloss the words so the reader doesn't have to. The more you read, the more you learn, and the more often you read and learn the more Hebrew sticks in your mind.
The fact that this text is that of the Westminster edition of Leningradensis is great. They essentially cut and pasted from Bibleworks 4.Read more ›
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Expected to look at the full bible in English and Hebrew side by side but it's still okPublished 16 days ago by Pen Name
As described and shipped promptly!! Very happy with my purchase.Published 2 months ago by Lucretia Jane Scroggins
It wasn't what I was looking for so I returned it. Might be good for someone that already know Hebrew.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are going to attend Seminary, this is a book you will need for any M.Div program.Published 4 months ago by Ryan Williams
Very nice Tanakh, the font is clear and easy to read, and the footnotes make it easy to study the text. The list in the back with Hebrew word definitions is also very helpful. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tyler
This is an excellent Bible, beautifully leather bound and the pages and detail are more than I expected. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Greg Hawkes
Very nice! Makes reading much easier with infrequent words glossed/parsed in the footer. I would give this 5 stars if it included the critical apparatus as well, but other than... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Casey Jacobs