Reviews by Gregorio Billikopf
August 29, 2018  |  9:28 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
I wanted to share an approach that has helped me get into the text of the Hebrew Bible using these excellent audio files and ANKI software. On one side of the flashcards I include short expressions (as well as single words, longer expressions and full verses) of favorite Scriptures as well as full chapters I am working on learning the Hebrew for, from the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS). And also, I include the audio portion related to these words (I use Audacity free program to edit t ...
I wanted to share an approach that has helped me get into the text of the Hebrew Bible using these excellent audio files and ANKI software. On one side of the flashcards I include short expressions (as well as single words, longer expressions and full verses) of favorite Scriptures as well as full chapters I am working on learning the Hebrew for, from the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS). And also, I include the audio portion related to these words (I use Audacity free program to edit these clips to correspond with the front of the card). In the back of the card I provide a translation, tending towards what I call the absurdly literal, as this fits in with this type of study. So part of the fun is preparing these cards. Before I added the audio my brain was giving me the translation of the Hebrew before I fully read the Hebrew. That sound like a good thing but it really is not. So now I will close my eyes while I listen to the Hebrew first, then read the Hebrew, and then check and grade the answer. I began using just the voices from the Bible Society of Israel included in this package (since then I have added two additional sources to improve my listening abilities). Some of the voices are much more difficult to understand, and that also makes for good practice. As of this updated review (September 2019) I have found the following positive results:
1. For materials I have studied, I am able to read from the BHS directly with excellent comprehension.
2. I am increasing my ability to comprehend the audio portion. There are times where I understand the audio even better than the written materials.
3. My ability to correctly read the Hebrew text out loud is improving.
4. With this background I am keen to study more grammar and vocabulary. When Hebrew grammar begins to answer the questions I have pondered, then it becomes a delight to study grammar. And the grammar is memorable because I can more easily apply it.
5. My ability to get a feeling for syntax has improved.
6. My confidence has improved, so that I feel that—with a little bit of effort—I can learn to read or listen to any portion of the Hebrew Bible, be it from the Law, Prophets or Writings.
7. While in the past I used to listen to these audio files from time to time, sometimes daily, I now listen to them all the time, spending about an hour a day plus half an hour more creating more cards. I am surprised as to how much this has helped me improve and gain confidence.

If anyone is interested in more details of the many variations and how I work with these cards, just drop me a line. I am not deleting the original evaluation from last year:

Produced by the Bible Society in Israel. This is a fantastic program. I purchased it in 2018 and find myself using it frequently, sometimes daily. One can choose to listen to a complete chapter at a time, or a verse at a time. When looking to properly pronounce specific words, the verse at a time option is ideal. The voices are genuine Israeli voices. This was very important to me. I own, besides this, two additional complete audio series on the Old Testament (Shlomo Bertonov and Abraham Shmueloff), which include the complete Hebrew Bible, with genuine Israeli voices. They are also excellent, albeit from different Hebrew pronunciation backgrounds. Sometimes I listen to all three recordings, the two I already have, and the Accordance version, in order to compare them.

To me, this program was worth every cent and I could not recommend it more highly. I would also say this, listening to the complete Hebrew Bible beginning with Genesis, as I did, really helps one get a better ear and feel for Biblical Hebrew. Once again, I could not recommend this program more highly.
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August 14, 2017  |  9:22 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
Years ago I purchased Emanuel Tov's Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (2nd edition). I could not put it down and devoured the 456 page book and there is hardly a page where I did not underline or get excited about something that Emanuel Tov had to say. Emanuel Tov is the Judah Leon Magnes Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Emanuel Tov well says about textual criticism: “This procedure is subjective as subjective can be … In modern times, scholars are often reluctant ...
Years ago I purchased Emanuel Tov's Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (2nd edition). I could not put it down and devoured the 456 page book and there is hardly a page where I did not underline or get excited about something that Emanuel Tov had to say. Emanuel Tov is the Judah Leon Magnes Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Emanuel Tov well says about textual criticism: “This procedure is subjective as subjective can be … In modern times, scholars are often reluctant to admit the subjective nature of textual evaluation, so that an attempt is often made, conscious or unconscious, to create a level of artificial objectivity by the frequent application of abstract rules” (2nd Edition, p. 310). Elsewhere he notes that “textual traditions have all been influenced by abstract assumptions and prejudices” (2nd Edition, p. 181). Tov speaks extensively about textual corruptions, false conclusions, dogmatic approaches, subjective opinions and the like. Much scholarship is affected by personal opinion. I believe that we must read Scripture with the help of the Spirit. But anyway, there are excellent chapters covering a large amount of material including Textual Witnesses of the Bible, The History of Biblical Text, The Copying and Transmitting of the Biblical Text, The Aim and Procedures of Textual Criticism, The Evaluation of Readings, Textual Criticism and Literary Criticism (the old lower and higher criticism), Conjectural Emendation and Critical Editions. I am anxious to purchase the 3rd edition but I have Accordance 10.xx and it requires 11.1 or higher. --Gregorio Billikopf, Llanquihue, Chile
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