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Learning Biblical Hebrew: Reading for Comprehension: An Introductory Grammar

ISBN: 9781683590842


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Learning Biblical Hebrew

What’s the best way to learn a new language? By approaching it not as a series of facts to memorize but as something alive, with a personality you can get to know and tendencies you can begin to predict.

Designed for long-term retention, Learning Biblical Hebrew focuses on helping students understand how the language works and providing a solid grounding in Hebrew through extensive reading in the biblical text.

  • Introduces advanced concepts in a form accessible to beginning students.
  • Focuses on historic patterns and changes that minimize memorization.
  • Focuses on how the language works for long-term retention.
  • Encourages mastery of paradigms from a handful of representative forms.
  • Includes extensive translation from the third week of class.
  • Prepares students for translation of unedited biblical texts by the end of first semester.
  • Emphasizes reading comprehension rather than decoding.
  • Promotes a strong oral component to enhance language competence.

Written for first-year and second-year Hebrew students, this grammar is laid out to present comprehensive concepts to first-year students and then to aid in review and deeper understanding for second-year students. Though written for Hebrew competency, Learning Biblical Hebrew is well suited for students with different learning styles and objectives.

The Learning Biblical Hebrew Workbook provides essential practice with Hebrew for students using Learning Biblical Hebrew.

Get the grammar and the workbook together in this bundle.

Resources for professors and supplemental materials for students are available on the Learning Biblical Hebrew companion site.

Praise for Learning Biblical Hebrew

Before trying this Hebrew grammar, I'd taught Biblical Hebrew from eight different grammars—none of which had won out as the obvious choice for future classes. Kutz and Josberger’s grammar makes up for the main weaknesses of the other grammars like insufficient explanation of new concepts, limited translation exercises, and not getting into the biblical text itself quickly enough. This grammar was clearly written by instructors who had struggled with and sought to remedy these same deficiencies. My students found the approach and tools “user-friendly” and the rigorous methodology helpful for day-to-day accountability. The grammar’s clear explanations free the instructor up to concentrate on helping students apply the information.

—Kenneth Turner, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Toccoa Falls College

Learning Biblical Hebrew helps students sidestep pitfalls by providing clear explanations of perennially perplexing issues. Students are led to predict patterns (e.g. vowel changes or irregular verbs) with minimal memorization. Translation exercises in the workbook complement the grammar, quickly familiarizing students with Hebrew syntax and demonstrating the clear upshot of tackling larger sections of Hebrew narrative early on in the learning process. Having adopted this text in both graduate and undergraduate introductory Biblical Hebrew courses I can gladly attest – Learning Biblical Hebrew is appropriately entitled! I’m very excited to see it reach a wider audience.

—Richard Rohlfing Jr., Fuller Theological Seminary


  • Hebrew Alphabet
  • Hebrew Vowels
  • Syllables and Reading Hebrew
  • Gender and Number, Definite Article and Conjunction
  • Vowel Changes in Hebrew Nouns
  • Noun and Adjective Function
  • Constructs, Directional Ending, Prepositions, and Interrogatives
  • Pronominal Suffixes and Review of Definiteness
  • Learning to Read Intuitively: Common Patterns in Hebrew Nouns
  • Numbers
  • Introduction to Hebrew Verbs
  • Vowel Changes in Verbs
  • Qal Perfects
  • Qal Imperfects
  • Qal Volitionals
  • Qal Participles and Infinitives
  • Qal Waw Consecutives
  • Niphal
  • Piel, Pual, and Hithpael
  • Hiphil and Hophal
  • Rare Verb Stems
  • Verbs with Object Suffixes
  • Irregular Features in Object Suffixes
  • Hebrew Weak Verbs
  • III-Waw/Yod Verbs
  • I-Waw/Yod Verbs
  • II-Waw/Yod Verbs: Introduction and Qal Stem
  • II-Waw/Yod Verbs: Niphal–Hophal Stems
  • Geminate Verbs
  • I-Nun Verbs
  • I-Guttural Verbs
  • II-Guttural Verbs
  • III-Guttural and III-Aleph Verbs

Product Details

  • Title: Learning Biblical Hebrew: Reading for Comprehension: An Introductory Grammar
  • Author: Karl Kutz and Rebekah Josberger
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 528
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 7x9
  • ISBN: 9781683590842

About the Authors

Karl V. Kutz (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison) is professor of biblical languages at Multnomah University in Portland, OR. For over two decades his teaching and mentoring of students in the language and literature of the Hebrew Bible has cultivated students' passion for the biblical text, shaped and transformed their lives, and led to the establishment of an outstanding program for the study of the Hebrew Bible.

Rebekah L. Josberger (Ph.D., Southern Seminary) is associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, OR. Since coming to Multnomah in 2009, she has focused on developing a solid Hebrew program that enables and encourages students to learn Hebrew well enough to use it for personal growth and ministry long after they leave seminary. She teaches Old Testament with a focus towards biblical theology and continues research related to Torah.

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  1. Oleksandr Sosnovshchenko
    As others have pointed out before me, the book itself is good, but the "Logos research edition" is so poorly formatted that it renders the book mostly unusable and misleading in many places.

  2. Steve Werkema

    Steve Werkema


    The content of this book is excellent (easily five starts). However, the electronic implementation by Logos is simply awful. I've not seen an electronic implementation of a book that is as bad as this one. Much of the Hebrew text occurs as images rather than as characters in a Hebrew font. Many of these images are unreadably small and don't change size when the text is resized. The sizing of images is inconsistent. For example, the book contains tables where some rows use images for Hebrew text while other rows have the Hebrew rendered in a Hebrew font. Moreover, the size of the images of Hebrew text can vary from row to row. The content of book is outstanding. It contains an approach to introductory Hebrew that (in my rather limited experience) is unique and very helpful. The book has helped my fledgling understanding of Biblical Hebrew in significant ways. The book has become so important to my study of Hebrew that I bought a hard copy of it. The printed version does not suffer from the deficiencies of the electronic version. The authors of this book deserve much better than the mess Logos has made of their work. Kurtz and Josberger have made an important contribution. The Logos implementation of their good work does not reflect the value of it. I highly recommend buying this the print version book.

  3. Björn Pettersson
    I wish there would be a separate rating for the book and context, and the Logos typing. The first would get a 4-5 reward, the second a 1 star. There are so many cut and pastes, which is really unprofessionally made, i.e. different font, white boxes in spite of having chosen another background colour in Logos etc. Readability is degraded in all of those many places. I am really expecting a correction of all these typos! In the current state it should just not have been ready for launch.

  4. Dr. Anthony Mazak
  5. Walter Stevens
    The content of this book is good, but in some places, e.g, p.20 under .Dagesh Forte, the vowel pointing is completely unreadable in the Logos version. In some cases, Pathach cannot be distinguished from Tsere (p.17, Table 2.4) and Shewa cannot be distinguished from Qamets—it’s all just a smear. I wished I just paid the extra money for the real book. Note that this is no reflection on the authors. It’s just poor execution on the part of Logos (I’m assuming the real book is readable in these places).

  6. Donnie Vick

    Donnie Vick


    i'm enjoying reading this grammar, but there are lots of typos.

  7. Chelcent Fuad

    Chelcent Fuad


  8. Joshua



    All the vocab and exercises are in a separate workbook that isn’t slated for release until September.

  9. Lincoln A. Bovee'


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