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Biblical Hebrew: A Student Grammar free PDF

Biblical Hebrew: A Student Grammar by John A. Cook and Robert D. Holmstedt is a 244 page grammar  available in it’s draft form as free PDF at http://ancienthebrewgrammar.wordpress.com/bh-textbook/

It’s scholarly and approachable, and even though it’s unfinished form it’s fairly comprehensive.  If you’re interested in breaking into more Latin based and advanced English grammar terms I highly recommend this text. This text is great if you’d like to become more familiar with concepts and terminology like a-class,i-class,  u-class, Quiescent, jussive etc.  He uses many English terms but also uses more traditional terms like Dagesh Qal, Dagesh Chazaq etc.  If a section on “Predicative and Substantival Participles” (pg. 74) sounds like something you’d enjoy reading over a large cup of cafe au lait and possibly some aspirin, this is the book for you.  Also, concepts from Linguistics are brought in, such as grammatical words vs. lexical words, CV (consonant/vowel) patterns, something that I always enjoy.  However, he supplies adequate explanations so having a background in Linguistics isn’t a prerequisite.   It still surprises me how gently this grammar introduces, explains, and uses new terminology and grammar.  Best of all it’s free.

If you’re interested in learning more about the authors and would like to see more of their work, which is too exhaustive to list,  you can visit their pages at:

and http://ancienthebrewgrammar.wordpress.com/robert-holmstedt/


Foundation Stone: Free Biblical Hebrew PDF

This is a 17 chapter, free PDF for learning Biblical Hebrew that takes you from learning the standard alphabet, cursive, and names to nekudot all the way to common weak verbs and ‘2’ letter roots.  The main attraction of this PDF is it’s non-intimating, easy to use, and gradually introduces the student to more advanced concepts.  Unlike many Hebrew resources the charts are informative and easy to read.  The exercises aren’t always the most complete, some of them mention to just master a concept.  Ascetically, one draw back is that the Hebrew words with nekudot are often quite pixelated pictures, instead of Unicode font.  All in all, this is a great way to start learning Biblical Hebrew from the beginning.


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