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).
“A construct noun with a pronominal suffix will always be treated as definite, even though it never takes the article.” (Page 92)
“A predicate adjective will agree with its subject noun in gender and number, but will never take the article, even though the subject noun is definite.” (Page 62)
“Whenever two shevas stand under adjacent consonants within a word, the first will always be silent and the second will be vocal.” (Page 18)
“The cardinal numbers 3–10, however, follow a different pattern. When they modify masculine nouns they take the feminine form; when they modify feminine nouns, they take the masculine form.” (Page 123)
“Nouns ending in ָה will normally be feminine in gender.” (Page 48)
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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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.