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William R. Harper’s Inductive Methods in Language (6 vols.)

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William Rainey Harper was a leading American academic of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He applied himself to meeting the needs of modern academia as an administrator and scholar. Harper helped establish the University of Chicago and Bradley University, and was the first president of both schools. Noting the nearly endless supply of introductory grammars for Greek, Latin, and Hebrew studies, Harper concluded that none of these introductory texts provided students and teachers with everything they needed. William R. Harper’s Inductive Methods in Language is his answer to that need. This collection gives you some of the twentieth century’s finest resources for learning Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.

William R. Harper’s Inductive Methods in Language provides lessons on, study methods for, and conceptual explanations of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew grammar. Hebrew Vocabularies presents a thorough vocabulary list to prepare you to read the Old Testament in Hebrew, organizing words based on their frequency, formation, and function. The collection also contains an explanation of the basic grammatical systems of English to help students transition to foreign languages.

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Key Features

  • Provides lessons on, study methods for, and conceptual explanations of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew
  • Includes a thorough vocabulary list for reading the Old Testament in Hebrew
  • Explains the basic grammatical systems of English to help transition to foreign languages

Product Details

  • Title: William R. Harper’s Inductive Methods in Language
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 1,584

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An Inductive Greek Primer

  • Authors: William Rainey Harper and Clarence Castle
  • Publisher: American Book Company
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 416

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This volume serves the same purpose as Harper’s An Inductive Greek Method, but on a more introductory level. The lessons are shorter, the notes are more thorough, the exercises are simpler, and the lessons are based on the first eight chapters of book 1 of Xenophon’s Anabasis, as opposed to all of book 1.

An Inductive Greek Method

  • Authors: William Rainey Harper and William Waters
  • Publisher: Ivison, Blakeman, and Company
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 355

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This volume is designed to increase interest in both studying Greek and the results produced from it. The text thoroughly dissects each component of the original Greek text and provides lessons for translating prose from Greek to English and English to Greek. The lessons cover book 1 of Xenophon’s Anabasis.

An Inductive Latin Method

  • Authors: William Rainey Harper and Isaac Burgess
  • Publisher: American Book Company
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 323

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This volume is designed to both increase interest in studying Latin, and the results produced from it. The text thoroughly dissects each component of the original Latin text and provides lessons for translating prose from Latin to English and English to Latin. The lessons cover the first 20 chapters of Caesar’s The Gallic War.

Isaac Burgess was an instructor in a public Latin school in Boston, Massachusetts.

William Harper’s Elements of Hebrew: By an Inductive Method

  • Author: John Merlin Powis Smith
  • Edition: New and Revised
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 218

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William Harper states that this edition of the text was written for the purpose “of teaching the exact force and value of the several consonant- and vowel-sounds.” The text provides a more thorough treatment of vowel sounds than any other English text of its time. This edition also indicates distinctions previously unrecognized by American teachers. Harper sought to blend conceptual explanations of the construction of Hebrew words with practical applications. The text consults the twentieth century’s leading authorities and grammars to provide the most accurate understanding of Hebrew.

John Merlin Powis Smith (1866–1932) was an American orientalist and biblical scholar. Smith worked closely with William Rainey Harper and helped work on the International Critical Commentary on the Minor Prophets. He also served as editor of the American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures, and was later appointed annual professor at the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. His other works include Books for Old Testament Study, The Problem of Suffering in the Old Testament, and The Origin and History of Hebrew Law.

Hebrew Vocabularies: Lists of the Most Frequently Occurring Hebrew Words

  • Author: William Rainey Harper
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 176

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This volume is designed to help students learn the vocabulary necessary to read the Old Testament in Hebrew. The text categorizes every word occurring in the Old Testament into nouns, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, numbers, or verbs, organized by word’s frequency, its stems, its formation, the character of its radicals, and meaning. The text also includes the most common roots and their derivatives, as well as a list of the most common idioms.

Inductive Studies in English Grammar

  • Authors: William Rainey Harper and Isaac Burgess
  • Publisher: American Book Company
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 96

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This English grammar was written to enable students to see the grammatical structure of English at its most basic levels, allowing a smoother transition to understanding the foreign grammars of other languages. The text breaks English grammar into simple components to provide a concise explanation of its foundational methods.

Isaac Burgess was an instructor in a public Latin school in Boston, Massachusetts.

About William Rainey Harper

William Rainey Harper (1856–1906) was one of America’s leaders in academia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He helped establish the University of Chicago and Bradley University, and he was the first president of both universities. He also helped establish the first departments of Egyptology and sociology in the United States, as well as the University of Chicago Press. Harper graduated from Yale in 1876. Several academic institutions are named after him, including William Rainey Harper College in Illinois. His other works include Amos and Hosea in the International Critical Commentary series, Introductory Hebrew Method and Manual, and Religion and the Higher Life.

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  1. Gordon Wiebe

    Gordon Wiebe

    7/26/2019

    After all these years, I'm glad to see Logos is sticking with this and trying to garner enough interest to produce the series. Good for you. Even if the rest of us learn or have learned the languages by the time these books come about, there are others after us who can benefit from them. The $25 USD is an invetment in them. And, as I am from Canada, it's a larger invetment for me than it is for Americans. We used to be at or near par; it ain't that way no more brotheres and sisters.
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  2. Robert Griffin

    Robert Griffin

    11/29/2018

    I have been studying Hebrew for 12 years now and have studied Greek even longer. If I was starting from nothing I would have used these book and Page H Kelley's Biblical Hebrew An Introductory Grammar at the same time. I have had a quick look at the Hebrew book. This book gets you straight into Genesis chapters 1 to 8. This makes the study very interesting because you can see that everything that you learn is actually helping you to read Genesis. I have found in the last year that reading big chunks of text makes you better at the language at a faster rate. You don't need to put too much emphasis on learning vocabulary by this method. All you do is keep reading each section until it feels like you are reading English. This builds up your vocabulary without too much effort. This is an excellent method because if you learn lists of vocabulary there is a filter in your brain that tells you that you don't need to remember it. When you see, hear or smell things there is no filter in your mind that stops you from remembering what you read. That is why you can remember what your conversation was about for a long time. But you won't be able to remember a meaningless list of information very well at all. You won't remember everything that you read but you will remember much more that if you just try to remember lists of vocabulary. I think that these books are probably the best method of learning these languages. I recommend that you find someone else that will learn these languages with you. It will keep your moral up. I found that to be hugely important particularly in the early stages.
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  3. Andres Reyes

    Andres Reyes

    5/2/2018

    What is taking so long. I bid on this item a while ago and I have not received my product. Logos is disappointing me.
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  4. DavePL HI Haoli KI
    So what's taking so long????
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  5. Israel Talavera Jr
    Wow, I attended this man's college! I attended Harper College in Palatine, IL, back in the mid 1990's, and I never heard of this man's background, let alone the fact that he was a Christian. Back then, I was far from being a Christian myself however. I was in my 'rebellious times,' as I'd referred to them. Wasn't till 1999 that I truly turned my life over to Jesus Christ. But, I can tell you Mr Harper would have been 'turning in his grave,' had he known just how 'liberal' his college had become. I mean, I was basically being 'indoctrinated' into liberalism, the 'crazed kind' we find today. A lot of people do not realize 'liberalism' was not what is today! Liberalism, or "classical liberalism" was more like what 'conservatism" would be considered today. Thomas Jefferson would have fallen under the "classical liberal" term. I have got to get this set once it's completed! Wow, I'm still in shock. I may have heard something of this man's past, but was a long time ago now, and still as I said, the college even back then was 'extremely liberal' as liberalism is defined in today's society. This will be a 'must buy' for me!
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  6. Jeremy Rist

    Jeremy Rist

    5/20/2014

    Why is this not yet in production? It seems like such an awesome resource.
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  7. Christopher Engelsma
    sweet!! I built an entire Greek class around this guy's Greek grammar.
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