The Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible Series (5 vols.) provides expert, comprehensive guidance in answering significant questions about the Hebrew text. While reflecting the latest advances in scholarship on Hebrew grammar and linguistics, the series utilizes a style that is lucid enough to serve as a useful agent for teaching and self-study.
Rather than devote space to the type of theological and exegetical comments found in most commentaries, this series instead focuses on the Hebrew text and its related issues, syntactic and otherwise. The volumes in the series serve as prequels to commentary proper, providing guides to understanding the linguistic characteristics of the texts from which the messages of the texts may then be derived.
Logos Bible Software gives you the tools you need to do grammar studies on biblical texts. The lightning fast search tools will locate key information on Hebrew syntax, and results will appear in searches you run across your library. All Scripture references are also linked to the Bibles in your library, giving you all the tools you need to study Hebrew grammar and syntax.
In this linguistic commentary, author Barry Bandstra brings students of biblical Hebrew a non-traditional perspective on the first eleven chapters of Genesis. The approach is called functional grammar and brings clarity to verb forms, rare words, unusual syntactical constructions, and more.
Finally—a guide that introduces the principles of functional linguistics not in theory but in practice! Clear definitions and analytical instruments enable students of the Hebrew Bible to understand the construction of every clause, the cohesion in every textual unit, their interactive processes and communicative functions. The instructive and step-by-step analyses are simple and insightful, especially when some interpretative or evaluative elements are added. Thus guided by a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher, one feels challenged to employ these tools oneself.
—Ellen van Wolde, professor of Old Testament exegesis and Hebrew, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Barry Bandstra has done students and scholars a great service by producing this groundbreaking linguistic commentary on the Masoretic text of Genesis 1–11. While traditional Hebrew grammar has excelled in its analysis of morphology and basic syntax, Bandstra brings discourse analysis and modern functional grammar to bear on our understanding of how the Hebrew text works at the clause and constituent level. As such, his approach helps all of us make some functional sense of the formal complexity of biblical Hebrew—especially its unwieldy verbal system.
—Tyler F. Williams, assistant professor of theology, The King’s University College
Barry Bandstra (PhD, Yale) is Hattie E. Blekkink Professor of Religion at Hope College.
Robert D. Holmstedt’s commentary on Ruth emphasizes the importance of understanding old and new grammatical and linguistic elements in the Hebrew text. He cites the latest scholarship throughout this study and addresses difficult topics surrounding the interpretation of the book of Ruth.
An up-to-date technical resource valuable for intermediate students. Holmstedt addresses a wide range of questions, with a strong focus on the connection between syntax and nuance of meaning.
—Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament Literature and exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary
Designed for the intermediate student to the advanced researcher, Holmstedt’s Ruth is a wonderful paragon of an informed merging of traditional Hebrew grammatical analysis with insights from the modern linguistic analysis of Hebrew. With conciseness and clarity, Holmstedt demonstrates the great value of a linguistically informed analysis of biblical Hebrew, not only for the book of Ruth, but for the biblical texts in general.
—K. Lawson Younger Jr., professor of Old Testament, Semitic languages, and Ancient Near Eastern history, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
An excellent linguistic pathway through Ruth. Students will find his systematic approach and his inclusion of pedagogic aids very helpful, and scholars will appreciate the breadth of his textual comments that make this much more than just a syntactical handbook or guide to grammatical forms.
—Victor H. Matthews, dean, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University
Robert D. Holmstedt is associate professor in the department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, where he teaches Ancient Hebrew and Northwest Semitic languages.
In Amos Duane A. Garrett puts aside the study of contextual, theological matters normally touched upon in commentaries, and solely focuses on the written text. He brings a carefully learned grammatical analysis to this study and illustrates the meaning of the text through grammar study.
Professor Garrett has given us yet another carefully researched and insightfully analyzed text. His attention to detail at the syntactical and discourse levels is consistently thorough throughout. His interpretive assessments are cautious and judicious.
—Timothy S. Laniak, professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Students who have passed a good introductory/intermediate level course of biblical Hebrew will find this volume helpful to advance their knowledge of the language. Instructors who teach a regular or a directed studies course on the book of Amos should consider adopting this book as their textbook.
—Ehud Ben Zvi, professor, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta
Garrett’s handbook has much to offer, both in terms of providing students of the text with valuable help regarding matters of Hebrew syntax and discourse, and in making a noteworthy contribution to the exegesis of the book of Amos.
—Journal of Hebrew Scriptures
Duane A. Garrett (PhD, Baylor University) is John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author and editor of nine books, including, most recently, Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture, Word Biblical Commentary: Song of Songs, and A Modern Grammar for Classical Hebrew.
Jonah: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text takes the study of the grammar of this narrative to the next level. This volume addresses important questions and issues relating to Hebrew syntax in Jonah and provides clarity to the student or pastor seeking to better understand how to interpret the biblical text.
In the crowded genre of biblical commentaries, this series will surely find a niche among students and pastors who need more lexical, morphological, and syntactical help than most commentaries today offer. Tucker’s volume reflects a remarkable amount of erudition and hard work, and the appearance of his volume bodes well for the series.
—Bill T. Arnold, Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary
Dennis Tucker (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean and associate professor of Christian Scriptures for George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
In Malachi: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text, Terry Eddinger provides a practical guide for students and teachers working through the Hebrew text of Malachi. Eddinger addresses the grammatical and syntactical issues within the final book of the Minor Prophets, while drawing out the larger narrative of the text through analysis of how words and phrases function in larger clauses and paragraphs. Taking the work of translation and interpretation one step further, Malachi follows the poetic prose of the book’s catechetical dialogue in order to provide greater understanding of the prophet’s specific literary structure. Including chapter-specific keywords and an exhaustive linguistic glossary, Eddinger provides a valuable resource for all to better capture the meaning inherent in this underutilized book.
Terry Eddinger has provided a helpful tool for students translating Hebrew prophetic texts for the first time.
—James D. Nogalski, professor and director of Graduate Studies in Religion, Baylor University
Malachi is a useful guide to pastors and others who perhaps do not want to attempt translating Malachi for themselves but would like to glean helpful insights into the Hebrew text for preaching and writing.
—Paul L. Redditt, senior lecturer in Old Testament, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
Terry W. Eddinger is the Benjamin Miller Professor of Old Testament at the Carolina Graduate School of Divinity. He is a regular contributor to the Biblical Theology Bulletin.
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