Introduction; 1. The signs and sounds of Hebrew: orthography and pronunciation; 2. Syllables: the structural girders of Hebrew; 3. The 'state' of noun morphology, and also gender and number; 4. More noun patterns; 5. Prepositions, conjunction, article and interrogative particle, direct object indicator; 6. Pronouns: pronominal suffixes on substantives and prepositions; 7. Adjectives; 8. Participles: infinitive construct; 9. Selected words: numbers; 10. Introduction to verbs: qal perfect; 11. Qal perfect weak verbs; 12. Qal imperfect and preterite: strong verbs; 13. Qal imperfect and preterite: weak verbs; 14. Qal volitionals and infinitive absolute; 15. Pronominal suffixes on verbs; 16. Derived stems: participles and infinitives; 17. I-class imperfect verbs: niphal, piel, hitpael, hiphil; 18. I-class imperfects: r3 = weak, r2 = g, r1 = g, r2 = x, r1 = x; 19. I-class imperfect weak verbs: r2 = y, r1 = y, r2 = r3, weak imv., inf., and ptc.; 20. A-class imperfect verbs: pual, hophal; 21. Derived stem perfects: strong verbs, r3 = weak; 22. Derived stem perfects: r1 and r2 weak, r2 = r3, rare binyanim; Excursus A: Sorting through forms and alias profiles; Excursus B: A syntax sampler: introduction to chapters 23-32; 23. Pauses and drama; 24. Lexicography: semantic combinations and the meaning of z; 25. Noun syntax; 26. Verb syntax: the piel; 27. Verb syntax: participles; 28. Clausal syntax in narrative: movies in the mind; 29. Particles: s and t; 30. Infinitives; 31. Perfect and vav plus perfect; 32. Poetry and time frame; Appendix A: Additional vocabulary lists; Appendix B: Glossary: words used 50+ times in the Hebrew Bible; Appendix C: Paradigms: verb id badges and alias profiles.
The Cambridge Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, with accompanying workbook, paradigms, and interactive program on CD, provides a first-year grammar for anyone interested in studying biblical Hebrew for the first time.
Brian L. Webster received his Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is currently Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Essential Psalms Companion (2009). Professor Webster has been published in Bibliotheca Sacra as well as the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series.
"Webster's approach to Hebrew grammar is...very innovative. The inclusion of the Interactive CD-Rom is, in my opinion, worth the price of the book ...Not only does the CD include the TekScroll program, but it also includes a full workbook, several reference aids, and vocabulary flash cards ready to print. ...Overall, I highly recommend the Cambridge Introduction to Biblical Hebrew whether for the person interested in learning first year Hebrew individually or for professors of Bible colleges or seminaries who are looking for a cutting-edge grammar to use in the classroom. While this grammar is not for the faint of heart on the front end, the student who uses this grammar will likely have an easier time learning Hebrew throughout and likely come out ahead of those students using other grammars. Moreover, its pedagogical sensitivity provides a nice balance and should make learning first year Hebrew a joyful experience." Rob Kashow, Tolle Lege! A Canonical Perspective