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Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar
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Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar

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Eerdmans 2018

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Comprehensive in scope, this carefully crafted introductory grammar of Biblical Hebrew offers easy-to-understand explanations, numerous biblical illustrations, and a wide range of imaginative, biblically based exercises.

The book consists of thirty-one lessons, each presenting grammatical concepts with examples and numerous exercises judiciously selected from the biblical text. These lessons are accompanied by eleven complete verb charts, an extensive vocabulary list, a glossary of grammatical terms, and a subject index.

The authors employs a method that blends together a straight presentation of grammatical principles and rules with a semi-inductive presentation of concepts through the exercises. Each lesson first presents new grammatical concepts, with biblical examples, and then provides reinforcing exercises that Kelley and Crawford have judiciously selected from the biblical text (the exercises do not presuppose vocabulary and grammar not already covered).

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Provides thoroughly updated content
  • Retains Page Kelley's popular approach to pedagogy
  • Comprehensive and carefully crafted with a helpful glossary provided at the end
  • Includes exercises and vocabulary with each lesson


  • Lesson 1: The Alphabet
  • Lesson 2: The Hebrew Vowels
  • Lesson 3
    • Maqqef
    • Sign of the Direct Object
    • Dagesh Forte
    • Silent Sheva
  • Lesson 4
    • Accents
    • Meteg
    • Weak Letters
    • Mappiq
    • Syllables
  • Lesson 5
    • Gutturals
    • The Article
  • Lesson 6
    • Prepositions with Nouns
    • Vav Conjunction
  • Lesson 7
    • Nouns: Derivation
    • Nouns: Gender
    • Nouns: Number
    • Nouns: Segolates
  • Lesson 8: Adjectives
    • Lesson 9
      • Independent Personal Pronouns
      • Demonstrative Pronouns
    • Lesson 10: Nouns: Construct Relationship
    • Lesson 11
      • Pronominal Suffixes on Prepositions and Particles
      • Pronominal Suffixes on Nouns
    • Lesson 12
      • General Characteristics of Verbs
      • The Qal Perfect of the Strong Verb
      • The Meanings of the Perfect
      • Verb Agreement
      • Pronominal Subjects of Verbs
      • Word Order in Verbal Sentences
      • The Use of the Lexicon in the Location and Translation of Verbs
    • Lesson 13
      • Interrogative Sentences
      • Numerals
    • Lesson 14
      • The Remaining Stems of the Perfect: Function
      • The Remaining Stems of the Perfect: Forms
      • Locating and Translating Perfect Forms of the Hebrew Verb
    • Lesson 15
      • Qal Imperfect of the Strong Verb
      • The Meanings of the Imperfect
      • The Jussive and Cohortative
    • Lesson 16
      • Imperfect of the Remaining Stems (Strong Verbs
      • Imperfects with Vav Consecutive
      • He’-Directive
      • Conjuctive Dagesh Forte
    • Lesson 17: Pronominal Suffixes
    • Lesson 18: Imperatives
    • Lesson 19: Infinitives
    • Lesson 20
      • Participles
      • Synopsis of the Strong Verb
    • Lesson 21: Coordinate Relationship: Hebrew Verb Sequences
    • Lesson 22
      • Weak Verb Review
      • Pe’-Guttural Verbs
    • Lesson 23
      • Pe’-’Alef Verb
      • Pausal Forms of Heavily Accented Words
    • Lesson 24: ’Ayin-Guttural Verbs
    • Lesson 25: Lamed-Gutteral Verbs
    • Lesson 26: Lamed-'Alef Verbs
    • Lesson 27: Lamed-He’ Verbs
    • Lesson 28: Pe’-Nun Verbs
    • Lesson 29: ’Ayin-Vav/’Ayin-Yod Verbs
    • Lesson 30: Pe’-Yod Verbs
    • Lesson 31: Double-’Ayin Verbs
    • Vocabulary
    • Verb Charts
    • Personal Pronouns

Praise for the Print Edition

It is a pleasure to recommend Kelley's effort, tested in forty years (a biblical generation) of classroom teaching. It represents a solid beginning for the Hebrew novice to wander the map of the Hebrew Bible with confidence and surety.

Critical Review of Books in Religion

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About the Authors

Page H. Kelley (1924–1997) was professor of Old Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Timothy G. Crawford is associate professor of Bible and Hebrew at Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia.

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