Hebrew for Reading Comprehension
Hebrew for Reading Comprehension is a first year Biblical Hebrew grammar which is designed to promote reading comprehension and translation precision while reducing the confusion of traditional grammars. Two major features which distinguish this from other grammars are a tremendous reduction of emphasis on vowel pointing and a paradigm-less approach to teaching verbs.
This Grammar’s Differences
- The end goal is always kept in mind: reading comprehension and translation precision.
- Vowel pointing is not emphasized. Students learn to read unpointed and pointed Hebrew from the beginning. Exercises have both pointed and unpointed Hebrew.
- Verbs and verbless clauses (i.e., sentences) are introduced at the very beginning so that the student feels like they are learning language as language, not as lists.
- There is an almost complete lack of verb paradigms. Rather, verbs are introduced in the third person (all tenses/aspects), then the second person, then the first.
- Students do not have to be trained linguists in order to utilize the textbook. Instead, the book includes reviews of basic grammatical terminology and explanations of other important terms.
- Some traditional (confusing) linguistic terminology is avoided.
- http://www.hebrewforreadingcomprehensio ... arison.pdf
Here is a chart which compares this grammar with others. Click here to download a .pdf file.
The following essays describe the philosophy underlying the grammar.These were both presented at Central States Society of Biblical Literature meetings.William P. Griffin, “http://www.sbl-site.org/publications/ar ... icleId=675 Killing a Dead Language: A Case against Emphasizing Vowel Pointing when Teaching Biblical Hebrew,” SBL Forum , n.p. [cited May 2007]William P. Griffin, “http://www.springfieldbibleprofessors.o ... /index.htm Breaking Old Paradigms: Further Reflections on Hebrew Pedagogy,” paper presented at the Central States Society of Biblical Literature meeting, March, 2010.
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