Bibliographic Details

An introduction to biblical Hebrew syntax / Bruce K. Waltke and M. O'Connor.

Author / Creator Waltke, Bruce K.
Imprint Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 1990.
Description xiii, 765 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Language English
Subject Bible. Old Testament -- Language, style.
Bible. Old Testament.
Hebrew language -- Syntax.
Hebrew language -- Grammar.
Hebrew language -- Grammar.
Hebrew language -- Syntax.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
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Varying Form of Title Biblical Hebrew syntax
Other authors / contributors O'Connor, Michael Patrick.
ISBN 0931464315
Notes Includes indexes.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 695-716).
Other form Online version: Waltke, Bruce K. Introduction to biblical Hebrew syntax. Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 1990
Online version: Waltke, Bruce K. Introduction to biblical Hebrew syntax. Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 1990
Review by Choice Review

The nature of this book and the principles that guided its composition reflect the authors' correct observation that there exists in English no contemporary intermediate or advanced grammar of biblical Hebrew bridging, on the one hand, the knowledge of basic Hebrew skills and, on the other, the tools for independent research into the complexities of ancient Hebrew scriptures and cognate literature. An examination of the intricacies of Hebrew phonology and morphology; a lengthy introduction to the history of Hebrew language, biblical text, and study of Hebrew grammar; up-to-date linguistic analysis; and a generous selection of scriptural verses--all these combine to present a rich compendium of biblical Hebrew syntax. Each entry is accompanied by detailed footnotes and bibliography. The arrangement enables the reader to skip, detour, and revisit earlier sections, aided by frequent and helpful cross-references throughout the text and by indexes of sources (topics, Hebrew words, biblical references). Yet, the mastery of an immense linguistic and textual material in the writers' one-year approach to teaching the material is highly questionable. The study of basic linguistic terms and their application, and a cursory survey of important secondary sources can take weeks of classroom instruction. A careful read suggests few imperfections and lacunae in interpretation, but omissions of primary reading material and exercises--a necessary desideratum for students--regretably curtail the pedagogical value. Nevertheless, the kaleidoscope of information provided in this handsomely produced volume will delight teacher and student alike. Only libraries at institutions where biblical Hebrew is taught--such as universities or seminaries--need consider purchase. -Z. Garber, Los Angeles Valley College

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