"Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Israeli Hebrew" by Marc Zvi             Brettler

Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Israeli Hebrew Marc Zvi Brettler

Yale Language Series
Publication date:
11 Oct 2001
Yale University Press
368 pages: 279 x 216mm
40 b-w illus. + 5 line drawings

This is the first textbook written for the purpose of teaching biblical Hebrew to college-level students who already know some modern, Israeli Hebrew. Marc Brettler provides a clear, comprehensive book with numerous well-constructed exercises to help students either make the transition from modern Israeli Hebrew to biblical Hebrew or deepen their understanding of biblical Hebrew. The book is also ideal for individuals who might like to study independently, and for serious Jewish adult-education programs.

Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Israeli Hebrew is unique in its emphasis on phonology, based on the conviction that a strong grounding in phonology makes it possible to learn biblical Hebrew grammar in a much more systematic fashion. This method also allows verbal conjugations to be taught much more quickly and systematically. Although the text is not inductive, it uses authentic biblical texts throughout to illustrate fundamental points, and it contains many biblical texts in the exercises. Students progressing through the book will quickly be encouraged by a sense of accomplishment as they encounter and understand well-known biblical passages.

Marc Zvi Brettler is professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and serves as chair of the department.