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Old Testament Parsing Guide Paperback – May 15 2000
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Todd S. Beall is a professor of Old Testament studies at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland. After earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Princeton University, and Th.M degree in Old Testament from Capital Bible Seminary, he was awarded the Ph.D degree in Biblical Studies from the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the National Association of the Professors of Hebrew, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Society of Biblical Literature.
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Jan 18, 2010
Addition to my previous comment.
Be aware, Buyers! I have contacted the publisher about the poor quality biding problem, and they don't care about the concern. You may be spending more money than bargained for, because of the problem, if you want to keep using the book - I did!
Besides the usual table of contents, brief introduction and a list of abbreviations, all there is to the book is a long list of verbs. All 689 pages of them, listed in two columns per page. They are listed by the book, chapter and verse, the book order follows Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV) ordering. After listing the reference, the actual verb form in Hebrew is listed, followed by stem, tense, person/gender/number, root, suffix (if any), BDB page number (Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon), KB page number (Koehler-Baumgartner's The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, 2 volume set), and meaning. This is pretty much all you need when working with Hebrew verbs.
I'll repeat the same caution noted in my review of Davidson's The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon, that this work isn't intended and shouldn't be used while reading the Hebrew text. If you're a beginning student, it could become too much of a crutch if you're not careful and actually hurt your ability to learn Hebrew. Perhaps you could use it to validate your parsing exercise once you've completed it or do word study, but avoid looking up works as you read. Doing so will make you be reliant on the book and not on your own skills and understanding of the language, grammar and syntax. I use this for work and syntactical studies, for example looking at the tense, mood, etc. used in a particular discourse, prophetic book (in case of minor prophets) or the like.
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