Basics of Biblical Hebrew, today’s best-selling introductory Hebrew grammar, is new-and-improved with additional, linguistically nuanced explanations for some of the more difficult elements in biblical Hebrew. This second edition combines the best of inductive and deductive approaches, uses actual examples from the Hebrew Old Testament rather than made-up illustrations, emphasizes the structural pattern of the Hebrew language rather than rote memorization—resulting in a simple, enjoyable, and effective learning process—, and highlights particles added to nouns and verbs using colored text, allowing easy recognition of new forms.
“In every Perfect conjugation of the Qal and derived stems (Niphal, Piel, etc.), the sufformatives are the same.” (Page 140)
“Masculine singular nouns are endingless nouns; that is, they have no distinctive endings” (Page 28)
“Hebrew words are usually accented (stressed) on the last syllable.” (Page 19)
“In Hebrew, the stem vowel is that vowel which is associated with the second consonant of the verbal root.” (Page 124)
“The presence of הִ and the Hireq Yod stem vowel make identifying the Hiphil stem very easy” (Page 126)
Gary D. Pratico (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) is professor of Old Testament and director of the Hebrew language program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been teaching Hebrew for nearly 30 years. He is coauthor with Miles Van Pelt of The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew.
Miles Van Pelt (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, where he also serves as the director of the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages and academic dean.