Posted 18 June 2005 - 09:00 AM
Seeking opinions on modules a (new) Hebrew student 'must have.'
Looking for a reasonably complete list (thinking of the future, as well),
not just what is needed/recommended for 'Hebrew 101.'
Posted 18 June 2005 - 05:01 PM
As for "must-haves" in the order of priority, I'm with Joe on the essentials - a tagged Masoretic text and BDB (which I would also like to see in an unabridged edition). Two other highly valuable resources are the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (TWOT) and the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDOTTE). Jenni-Westermann Theological Lexicon would be also be a welcome addition, if you have the funds.
Professor of Ancient Languages
Heart of America Theological Seminary
Posted 18 June 2005 - 09:51 PM
For the long-term, you will probably want to get HALOT, though BDB still remains indispensable (many still find its semantic analysis superior to HALOT)--keep that hardcopy handy!
And eventually, when you start seriously wrestling with syntax, Waltke-O'Connor's Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, and some of the advanced reference grammars such as GKC or Jołon-Muraoka (both not available yet as modules, but probably eventually).
But you can do a LOT with just the BHS-W4 tagged Hebrew and HALOT.
Posted 18 June 2005 - 11:42 PM
If you're just now studying Hebrew, I'd recommend holding off on purchasing the tagged Hebrew until you've got a reasonable grasp of the grammar (otherwise, the instant parsing can easily become a crutch that can short-circuit the learning process
Just hit Command B.
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Posted 19 June 2005 - 10:27 PM
Posted 21 June 2005 - 10:21 PM
I often tell my students that there is something out there that is readily available, user-friendly, portable, inexpensive, crash-proof and even has an endless power supply. It is called a book (this is immediately followed by the groans and pained expressions of a room full of undergraduates).
The truth is that if you are a serious student there is no substitute, especially in learning, for a tool (silicon or cellulose based) that compels you to learn in order to know. When reading the Bible I've never had a professor ask me how the Westminster morphological database parsed a verb, and the reason for that is obvious enough. Truth knows no shortcuts!
Special Instructor to the Bible Department
Bible and Biblical Languages
Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, IL 60089
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