Recommended Basic Hebrew Grammar Text??
Now that I am developing some comfort and facilty with NT Greek (I carefully avoid the e=expertise word!), I am toying with the idea of putting my toe in the Hebrew pool.
I used Mounce's book for Greek, and found it (with the workbook which was essential for stand-alone learners) to be well thought out and enormously helpful.
The basic Hebrew book I've been looking at is "Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Grammar" by Gary D. Pratico - but I have no idea whether this is a good choice or not. Any advice or suggestions on a Beginners Hebrew Grammar Text (+Workbook) by the BW gurus of OT Hebrew?
I'm not sure I'll do more than get more than my toes wet in Hebrew, since I still have lots of work to do in Greek, but I know that, at the stage of choosing a text, it is very very helpful to hear from those who have gone before.
In His Service, Tom D.
Thx for the Advice - Most Helpful
I'm very grateful for the gurus and teachers, and also for the learners willing to share their own experience!! Together it makes for complete advice.
I have more time than money (much more!), have retired early to do just these studies in the Word of God, and I am a very focused and self-disciplined learner. Thus self-study works well for me - at least in the early stages. Thus, I couldn't agree more about Mounce and his contribution - and all those like him.
Of course, the more one develops some competence, the more one wants to communicate with those who know as much or more - and there are points where a word from the teacher can save a lot of time and frustration!!
Being brand new to BW, I must admit that part of what edges me on toward Hebrew is the sophistication and the power of BW7. It removes so much of the tedium from the old way of learning.
Thanks for the advice. I feel confident now to order a copy of Practico, and will also get Ross and follow up on the other suggestions.
In His Service,
Online Hebrew Course with G. Pratico
This does, indeed, look interesting, SC! I have already ordered Pratico's book, and workbook, along with Ross's text, and so I will follow up on this one with a phone call. I'm especially interested to find out about the credit/non-credit relationship. The price, for example is very modest on the non-credit. I am interested in the credit cost.
Originally Posted by SCSaunders
I spent my professional years as a university Registrar up here in the North country, and, over the years, I came to see the university operating more and more as an industry rather than as a house of wisdom - knowledge as a commodity. 'We will sell you x units of knowledge for y $'s'.
As I see the growing number of interesting and imaginative solutions being offered via the internet and other technologies I am most encouraged. Without question the knowledge monopoly of the post WWII higher education empire is being challenged - as many had predicted.
My one hesitation is this uneasy sense that I'm moving from "putting my toes in the Hebrew pool" to "last one in can't say YODA" :D
In His Service,