Biblical Hebrew, Second Ed. (Text and Workbook)


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Bonnie Pedrotti Kittel, Victoria Hoffer, and Rebecca Abts Wright; Fully revised by Victoria Hoffer

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This revised edition of the best-selling Biblical Hebrew is thoroughly updated and augmented for a new generation of students. Designed for use in a two-semester course, the book’s fifty-five lessons are constructed around Biblical verses or segments and arranged in order of increasing complexity. At the successful completion of the course, students will be well equipped to tackle prose passages on their own.

Biblical Hebrew is part of a comprehensive learning program that includes an online audio component as well as a companion volume, the Supplement for Enhanced Comprehension (sold separately). The online audio presents the alphabet, vowels, readings and cantillations of biblical passages, songs to assist with memorizing grammar concepts, selections from Psalms performed in a variety of musical styles, and all the vocabulary words from English to Hebrew. The Supplement offers reinforcement and review exercises along with more detailed and deeper discussion of topics treated briefly in the textbook.

This combined text and workbook features:

  • Readings of extended Biblical texts
  • Annotations to assist with difficult passages
  • Notes on literary style, text criticism, and issues of translation
  • Emphasis on analyzing forms, learning to use an academic dictionary, memorizing paradigms and vocabulary
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Extensive glossary 
  • Verb and preposition charts
  • Song lyrics
  • Online answer key

Victoria Hoffer is lecturer in Biblical Hebrew and Biblical literature at Yale Divinity School. The late Bonnie Pedrotti Kittel was professor of Biblical Hebrew at Yale Divinity School and ordained as a Presbyterian minister. Rebecca Abts Wright is a member of the faculty at the University of the South.

Also Available: Supplement for Enhanced Comprehension, by Victoria Hoffer, Paperback, ISBN 978-0-300-09863-1

"The authors provide thorough and lucid explanations of the grammar, and maintain a good balance between deductive and inductive approaches. . . . Fun to use. Moreover, one could hardly better spend two semesters learning biblical Hebrew than with this text."—Edwin C. Hostetter, Critical Review of Books in Religion

"I have found at last what I have long sought—a textbook for beginning Hebrew. Biblical Hebrew combines two features I consider essential for a text in a biblical language, and yet have never seen together in a single book. . . . I suspect that a whole generation of pastors and young Hebraists will soon be parsing the text with terms like ’dot vowel,’ ’prefix form,’ and ’feminine period.’"—Duane A. Garrett, Criswell Theological Review

"The writing style is informal, practical, and ’user friendly’. . . . I would urge teachers of Hebrew to seriously consider this text for their classes."—Wayne T. Pitard, Bulletin of Higher Hebrew Education

"This is a meticulously thought out textbook that makes great demands upon students; but the end result should be an unusually strong introductory knowledge of biblical Hebrew."—Newsletter of the Association for the Development of Religious Information Services (ADRIS Newsletter)

"The second edition of Biblical Hebrew is wonderful. I have incorporated the CDs into my classroom experience with astounding success and reception by the students. It is a great product."—H. Wayne Ballard, Jr., Carson-Newman College

"The textbook I use in my classes is Biblical Hebrew Textbook and Workbook, by Bonnie Pedrotti Kittel, Victoria Hoffer, and Rebecca Abts Wright, Yale University Press, Second Ed. I highly recommend it."—Naama Zahavi-Ely, College of William and Mary
ISBN: 9780300222647
Publication Date: May 4, 2016
528 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
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