We all know the Bible has a lot of words. The question is: how can we learn and understand the Hebrew and Aramaic words that appear in the Bible to help us better appreciate the biblical text? As someone who has studied these languages herself, I’m working on a resource to help students learn the Hebrew and Aramaic words that appear in the Bible, and how they appear in the Biblical text. It’s called “BARH: Bible as Language.” My hope is that it will be a useful resource for those who take a particular interest in learning about the grammar of the biblical text.
The Bible is one of the most ancient books known to man, and in the context of the Christian worldview, it is the ultimate resource. Students who are learning the Hebrew Bible understand the very foundation of the Christian faith; they understand the very faith of the church. They may be learning Hebrew from a heritage community, or perhaps they are learning Hebrew in order to do a comprehensive biblical exegesis. Whatever the case may be, these students will be able to understand their learning and will be able to draw from the Bible to lead their lives.
Amy Paulsen-Reed is an Assistant Editor and Sales Rep at Hendrickson Publishers. She has a doctorate in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University, where she focused on Jewish biblical interpretation in antiquity. She lives in Burlington, MA with her husband Michael and her daughter Lillian. She is a self-confessed language and grammar nerd, and enjoys cooking, baking, and napping in her spare time.
In addition to the lists themselves, the book offers a number of other resources for each topic in the book, such as:
a bibliography of Hebrew grammar that offers numerous works on the topic, including The Princeton Companion to Classical Hebrew, which is a dictionary and grammar of ancient Hebrew;
a guide to using Hebrew grammar that outlines how to apply the tools and skills learned in the book;
a guide to using Hebrew grammar in context that shows how the grammar can be used to understand the biblical language in relation to the cultural context of the day.