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Biblical Hebrew Step by Step (4 vols.)

by Mansoor, Menahem

Baker 1980–1985

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Biblical Hebrew Step by Step (4 vols.)
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Overview

Biblical Hebrew Step by Step (4 vols.) offers a comprehensive introduction to biblical Hebrew with an emphasis on vocabulary and grammar comprehension. Menahem Mansoor, one of today’s foremost teachers of Hebrew to university students, clergy, and laypersons, incorporates the best contemporary methods and techniques for teaching languages. Well-integrated photographs and illustrations make for an attractive, inviting text for all those who wish to master biblical Hebrew.

Volume One introduces students to Semitic languages and the history of Hebrew. Beginning with the alphabet, Mansoor covers the basics of grammar and vocabulary. In fact, students attain reading comprehension after the first five lessons, and can construct rudimentary Hebrew sentences after only twelve lessons! Volume two moves beyond the basics, and includes twenty readings from Genesis, with an emphasis on verb patterns, regular and irregular noun plurals, irregular verbs, and translation tips. This collection also contains answer keys to each volume for quick reference.

Biblical Hebrew Step by Step (4 vols.) is ideal for seminary, college, and high school students who possess little or no knowledge of Hebrew, as well as pastors and scholars looking to brush up their Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. These volumes are useful for individual study, and will particularly benefit anyone involved in translation and interpretation of the Old Testament.

Key Features

  • Introduction to Semitic languages and the history of Hebrew
  • Emphasis on vocabulary and grammar comprehension
  • Reading comprehension after five lessons
  • Twenty readings from Genesis, with an emphasis on verb patterns, regular and irregular noun plurals, irregular verbs, and translation tips
  • Ideal for students

Praise for the Print Edition

One of the most usable and, for the student, most interesting examples of [the deductive] teaching approach.

—David W. Baker, Journal of the Evangelical Society

To be commended in this grammar are its simply written and well-illustrated explanations… [and] its frequent repetition of commonly used biblical Hebrew words and basic syntactic instructions.

—George M. Landes, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

I find it a pleasure to recommend this welcome addition to the textbook literature of biblical Hebrew studies.

—Kenneth D. Roseman, Wisconsin Academy Review

Individual Titles

Biblical Hebrew Step by Step, Vol. 1

  • Author: Menahem Mansoor
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 1980
  • Pages: 261

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Each lesson is devoted to vocabulary, grammar, biblical word lists, study hints, and translation tips. Emphasis is placed on teaching students to read Hebrew with a high degree of accuracy—in fact, students are generally able to read basic Hebrew after the first five lessons, and construct Hebrew sentences after the first dozen lessons.

To augment the basic stress on grammatical structure, reading skills, comprehension, and vocabulary, Biblical Hebrew Step by Step includes special sections on the development of the Hebrew language and its relationship to other ancient Semitic languages. Also included are carefully selected passages of biblical prose and tables showing the basic patterns of verbs and nouns.

Key to Biblical Hebrew Step by Step, Vol. 1

  • Author: Menahem Mansoor
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 1981
  • Pages: 80

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This answer key to Volume One of Biblical Hebrew Step by Step aids both individual and group study.

Biblical Hebrew Step by Step, Vol. 2: Readings from the Book of Genesis

  • Author: Menahem Mansoor
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 184

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Volume Two of Biblical Hebrew Step by Step includes twenty readings from Genesis and four review lessons. Each lesson contains an excerpt from the book of Genesis for translating, and a list of relevant vocabulary. Mansoor takes care to explain the vocabulary, including related roots, divergent translations, and study hints. Lessons conclude with review exercises. This volume also includes appendices on Hebrew verb patterns, regular and irregular noun plurals, irregular verbs, and a lengthy vocabulary.

Key to Biblical Hebrew Step by Step, Vol. 2

  • Author: Menahem Mansoor
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 1985
  • Pages: 61

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This answer key to Volume Two of Biblical Hebrew Step by Step aids both individual and group study.

Product Details

  • Title: Biblical Hebrew Step by Step (4 vols.)
  • Author: Menahem Mansoor
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 589

About Menahem Mansoor

Menahem Mansoor, professor emeritus of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for twenty-seven years. He earned a Ph.D. from Trinity College in Dublin and has written more than twenty-five textbooks and monographs.