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The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users is ideally suited for:
- Pastors and ministry leaders who may have learned Hebrew at one time but have experienced the loss of much of that learning
- College and seminary students who are learning Hebrew and need a guide to help understand the significance of the grammatical terminology
- Bible software users who never formally learned Hebrew in the classroom and need help understanding the meaning of the terms they encounter
Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader's EditionDonald R. Vance, George Athas, Yael AvrahamiGerman Bible Society / 2015 / Hardcover$44.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Michael Williams (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Johanna K. and Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary and a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. He is the author of Deception in Genesis, The Prophet and His Message, Basics of Ancient Ugaritic, The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users, and How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens, and editor and contributor of Mishneh Todah. His passion is to equip students with knowledge of the Old Testament and its languages so that they may grow in their comprehension and appreciation of redemptive history and be adequately prepared to promote and defend the faith through word and action. Michael resides in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife, Dawn.
ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A timely book for those who uses bible softwareSeptember 12, 2016ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4For someone who is illiterate on Hebrew yet have access to resources on Logos, I often console myself that these expensively resources are investments that will reap its rewards in the future when I finally master the language. This was the case until I found this book.
Michael Williams has written this book to help those who are very new to Hebrew and who has access to resources on bible software. Within the book, Williams explains and teaches some of the grammatical issues of the Hebrew language. As he does it, Williams shows the readers examples of how this affects the exegesis of a passage in the bible. I found this very helpful. This helps the readers to see immediately the importance and application of what they have just learnt.
However, as one who does not know Hebrew, I cannot say that I understood everything within the book. This book does require you to have some basic knowledge of Hebrew. I foresee myself using this as a quick reference guide the next time Im studying Hebrew. This small and quick guide will surely be helpful to those who at least have some basic understanding of Hebrew and access to great bible study resources.
Rating: 4 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5A Useful and Needed Tool for Biblical Hebrew in the 21st Century!March 27, 2016John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users by Michael Williams is a unique language resource that both refreshes and guides the reader through a plethora of Hebrew grammatical terms utilized by todays leading Bible software programs. This resource rightly recognizes the popularity of such programs, and instead of allowing the users of such programs to float aimlessly amid a sea of grammatical terms (they may or may not know), Williams has intentionally curated The Biblical Hebrew Companion to fill this void.
The Biblical Hebrew Companion presumes ownership or access to a biblical language software program. There are a number of options available and most of the programs on the market today possess the ability to hover over or click a word to display the grammatical information relevant to that specific word. It is here that the reader discovers the grammatical terms comprising the content of the book. The terms are addressed alphabetically and each entry contains a two-page spread including three major sections: (1) What It Looks Like, (2) What It Does, and (3) An Exegetical Insight.
I use Bible software daily and have been for nearly a decade. I use it for personal study, leisure reading, academic work, various ministerial duties, and much more. I even use multiple Bible software platforms for different objectives. It should be noted to the reader that most of the top-tier Bible software platforms also provide at least a glossary definition of the grammatical terms mentioned above with a quick hover. In other words, it is safe to assume that most of the software programs have recognized and attempted to fill the same void as Williams hereat least in part. Still, it is clear from even a cursory use of this book that Williams has provided the reader with much more than a short definition with examples.
The organization of the book intentionally guides the reader from the point identification to application. It is here that The Biblical Hebrew Companion exhibits the most benefit. Not only is Williams removing the grammatical rust from the reader through helping them (re)identify and (re)discover the meaning of the term, but he is also actively helping them restore the original finish that once provided exegetical payoff. The latter is exceptionally useful for readers of all levels of linguistic understandingfrom seasoned readers of the biblical languages to the Bible software user with no formal training whatsoever. Lastly, for those landing in the latter category, or somewhere in between, Williams has provided a host of helpful appendices on Hebrew consonants, vowels, syllables, the effects of the accent on vowels, and much more.
The use of technology in Bible study and academic work isnt going away. Today more than ever, pastors, students, teachers, and laity are utilizing the ever-growing and increasingly accessible market of Bible software. The answer isnt to eliminate these tools to promise proficiency in the original languages, rather the answer is to equip the user with resources to ensure that these tools do not become a replacement for proficiency. It is here that The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users by Michael Williams is best represented, and it is here that this resource comes highly recommended!
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Reference for the Hebrew Student or UserJanuary 12, 2016Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It has been 40+ years since I sat in my first Hebrew language course. Since that time I have learned and used more Fortran, COBOL. Basic, Pascal, Lisp, Assembly Language, etc, than Hebrew. Now 40 years later, I have returned to the pulpit wishing I could remember some of that early Hebrew (and Greek) that I had learned years ago.
This reference book serves part of that purpose. In fact, I wish I had it by my side while learning Hebrew - as it takes each major part of speech, each verbal conjunction, each grammatical construction and gives insight to the reader on its role in the language. The entries try to address three questions:
1. What does it look like?
2. What does it do?
3. How it might effect the exegesis of the passage?
A number of appendices add value as they bring together lists of topics that dont fit elsewhere: vowels, consonants, Syllables, Pronunciation, ect. Also included are a scripture index and suggested bibliography for further study grouped by topic.
The book will not serve as a Hebrew textbook, but as a great reference tool to set on the desk of the student or pastor working with the original languages. I cannot but hope that a similar volume will be forthcoming from the publisher for the Greek student.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinion are mine alone.