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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Biblical Hebrew: A Compact Guide"

TITLE: Biblical Hebrew: A Compact Guide
AUTHOR: Miles V. Van Pelt
PUBLISHER: Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012, (224 pages).

This compact guide is a boon for students of the Bible, in particular, students studying Biblical Hebrew. Meant to be used as a quick guide and review to introductory Hebrew, this compact guide gives readers a refresher course from basic phonology to more advanced morphology; from nouns and verbs to adjectives/participles; from alphabets to more complex word formation. The material in this guide is largely condensed from the main text called: "Basics of Biblical Hebrew, 2nd edition" written by Dr Gary Pratico and this author.

Having studied a little of Hebrew, I find the book very refreshing. It brings back memories of my struggles with the reading, the memorizing, and the word formulating. The red highlights of endings and alphabets are especially helpful in emphasis. The book can be useful for three groups of people. The first group will be students of Hebrew following the main textbook. The short formats can easily jiggle the memories of students. The second group will be pastors and teachers with rudimentary memory of Hebrew. I fall under this group. The third group will be students preparing for Hebrew examinations or anyone requiring a quick refresher of the Hebrew language. As the saying goes, if we do not use it, we lose it. Language is similar. If we do not regularly use it, we will lose it. Hopefully, non-native Hebrew students will be able to minimize the loss through a good refresher from time to time. This book fills in this very need.

Great reference!


This book is provided to me free by Zondervan and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

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