Part 1 of a one year program in biblical Hebrew. Volume 1 introduces the Hebrew alphabet, basic vocabulary and grammar, and simple translation exercises. To augment the basic stress on grammatical structure, readings skills, comprehension, and vocabulary, the author has added 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. Menahem Mansoor, professor emeritus of Hebrew and Semitic studied, taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for twenty-seven years. He earned the Ph.D degree from Trinity College in Dublin and has written more than twenty-five textbooks and monographs.
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Review 1 for Biblical Hebrew Step-by-Step, Volume 1
Date:August 5, 2007
This book is very good for someone who learns languages rather slowly and needs every little step expounded several times. It seems as though it might be the case that Mansoor was a little absent in the writing of this book. Although these artifacts might be purposeful, several words appear multiple times in the vocabulary list and some words don't show up at all. You have to be careful to memorize the words as they show up in the chapters. Also, he doesn't explain some elements, I think. For instance, Maqqef is never mentioned (I think) in the book, let alone its function, when to use it, et cetera. The reader is left to figure it out from another text or from careful observation while he notes several times that 'iyr is feminine (even during the assignment!). Also, the index is not NEARLY extensive enough. The vocabulary lists are good and rather extensive, and the grammar is learned quite slowly, one little piece at a time. (I'm on chapter 19, self-study). All-in-all, one of the better options for teach yourself Hebrew.
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Review 2 for Biblical Hebrew Step-by-Step, Volume 1
Date:November 21, 2000
Practical guide for the beginning student of Hebrew.