The First Hebrew Primer


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The First Hebrew Primer is a simple, straightforward guide to Biblical Hebrew. Thirty lessons provide enough information and practice to enable you, with the aid of a Hebrew-English dictionary, to understand most biblical texts. The goal of the Primer is to teach students to read and understand Biblical Hebrew as quickly as possible; therefore, the lessons emphasize recognition and translation - not memorization.

The thirty lessons incorporate:

  • Verb, grammar, and spelling charts
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Oral reviews
  • Exercises
  • Stories
  • Biblical quotes
  • Book of Ruth

This revised third edition introduces several new terms and clarifies grammatical points, but will look the same to long-time Primer readers. The key change we have made is the inclusion of new explanatory endnotes. Many readers have expressed a desire to deepen their knowledge of Biblical Hebrew, but have unanimously endorsed the clear, uncomplicated tone of the Primer. We have responded by adding these optional supplementary notes. Students may read the notes to enrich their understanding of Hebrew grammar or concentrate solely on the main text. Either way, the Primer provides a sound foundation for more advanced studies in the Hebrew Bible.

What people are saying . . .

"The First Hebrew Primer is an excellent text for introducing Biblical Hebrew to college students. It is very practical and well oriented towards the goal of having the student begin reading the Hebrew Bible as quickly as possible. Many of our students go on to take more Hebrew in graduate school, and they invariably express appreciation for the foundation they have received as a result of their work in this book."

University Instructor, Indiana

"I have found the Primer to be an effective and inviting tool for helping students fall in love with Biblical Hebrew. It assists students to become confident in reading and translating Hebrew so that further work - linguistic, historical, and exegetical - will not be hindered by a lack of fluidity in handling the texts of Scripture."

Seminary Instructor, California

"I love teaching with the Primer, and my students love learning from it. It is wonderful how the text has been able to capture what is usually so complicated and make it so simple."

College and Synagogue Instructor, Louisiana

"I have used the The First Hebrew Primer as a student and now as a teacher and would recommend its use for anyone serious about learning the Hebrew language. This Primer has stood the test of time and continues to be a valuable learning tool."

Yeshiva Instructor, Washington

"I've been so pleased using the Primer with our students at the seminary. The layout and presentation of the material is ideal for those who do not have English as their first language. The folktales within the book have been a real hit. The Primer has been a great success here!"

Seminary Instructor, Papua New Guinea

Don't miss these companion products: Primer Answer Book, Companion to the The First Hebrew Primer (Audio Download), Master Set of Bible Flashcards, and Biblical Hebrew Flashcards- iPhone Application. Customers may also be interested in The First Hebrew Reader.

  • Item Number: WN920
  • ISBN-10 : 0-939144-15-8
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0-939144-15-0

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