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The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew

, 2003
ISBN: 9780310287926

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Acclaimed authors and teachers Miles Van Pelt and Gary D. Pratico have assembled here a guide for mastering basic Hebrew vocabulary. This guide helps seminary and Christian college students learn relevant Hebrew vocabulary conceptually. Grouping Hebrew vocabulary in three basic consonants this guide contains:

  • All words occurring 10 times or more in the Hebrew Bible in descending order of frequency
  • Primary roots and all words derived from roots occurring 10 times or more
  • Unusual and difficult word list, such as proper names, adjectives, prepositions, pronouns, particles, and verbs
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  • Assists in memorization in order to improve language acquisition
  • Includes instructions on the best and most efficient way to use the text
  • Arranges the lists of words based on their frequency
  • Abbreviations and Symbols
  • Hebrew Word Lists
    • Hebrew Words Arranged by Frequency
    • Hebrew Words Arranged by Common Root
    • Nouns and Nominals Listed Alphabetically
    • Verb Lists
    • Identical Words with Different Meanings (Alphabetical) Appendices
      • Basic Statistics of the Hebrew Verb
      • Verbal Roots in the Derived Stems
  • Index of Hebrew Words

Top Highlights

“By memorizing only the first fifty words in the frequency vocabulary list, students will be equipped to recognize almost 55% of the total words that occur in the Hebrew Old Testament (419,687). Students who master the 641 words that occur fifty or more times will be able to recognize over 80% of all words. Finally, those who are brave enough to master all 1,903 words in the frequency vocabulary list will be equipped to recognize almost 90% of all words that occur in the Hebrew Old Testament.” (Page ix)

“(Hi) to tell, announce, report, declare, inform; (Hoph) be told, be announced, be reported (371)” (Page 8)

“to go in, enter, come to, come upon, arrive; (Hi) bring (in), come (in); (Hoph) be brought” (Page 2)

“because; (adversative) but, except; (emphatic) indeed, truly” (Page 2)

“Occasionally, other information may follow, such as a reference to a related or cognate form (see entries #50, #51 and #52).” (Page x)

  • Title: The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew
  • Authors: Gary D. Pratico, Miles Van Pelt
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 2003
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. › Language, style; Hebrew language › Glossaries, vocabularies, etc; Hebrew language › Word frequency; Hebrew language › Grammar
  • ISBNs: 9780310287926, 0310287928
  • Resource Type: Grammar
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T03:39:16Z

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 Basics of 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.


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    It would be wonderful if Pratico & Van Pelt's "Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew" was tagged so that it would work with the new Hebrew Audio Pronunciation product. It would be very nice to just click on a Hebrew word from the resource and hear what it sounds like. (Actually, that would also be nice for the Bibles like LHI. As it is you have to pop up info on the word and then hit "Pronunciation. Several steps involved.) If that isn't possible, it would be nice to at least be able to make a Word List of desired words to hear what they sound like and make flashcards. The Mac version of the Pratico resource has a bug so that you can't select just a few words to make a Word List. You get almost 200 words at a time. And then if you make a Word List Document of the clipboard you also get all the English definitions, etc. It should be able to generate audio for all the Hebrew (which it doesn't) and also make FlashCards for study on mobile devices. I put something about this on the http://logos.uservoice.com site on Sept 1, 2014. Logos tech support said they would work on the problem if enough people voted for it. So, if you want to make learning Hebrew a whole lot easier, go there and vote!