- The 1531 most common Hebrew verbs, fully conjugated, grouped into 759 roots based on verb frequency
- The Hebrew roots and derived infinitives printed at the top of each page
- Less frequent verb forms realized in the relevant roots listed separately (citation forms only)
- Present participles, verbal nouns and infinitives (construct and absolute forms)
- Jussive forms of verbs that are significantly different from non-jussive ones
- Example sentences for each verb-root group, with accompanying translations, followed by special expressions incorporating the relevant verbs
- Notes on usage register (such as literary, colloquial, and slang) as well as on colloquial alternates of normative forms
- An explanatory essay discussing Hebrew verb formation and usage
- Root index, Hebrew-English Index, and English-Hebrew index, in alphabetical order
This book focuses on the way the biblical writers used allusive soundplay to construct theological discourse, that is, in service of their efforts to describe the nature of God and God's relationship to humanity. By showing that a variety of biblical books contain examples of allusive soundplay employed for this purpose, Kline demonstrates that this literary device played an important role in the growth of the biblical text as a whole and in the development of ancient Israelite and early Jewish theological traditions.
Writers have celebrated the fruitful dialogue between English and Yiddish for decades. In this engrossing lexicon, Gene Bluestein reveals the full extent of that dialogue, introducing "Anglish, or Anglicized Yiddish, in which a Yiddish word is integrated into English usage, as in 'shmo'and 'shmoozing'; and Yinglish, or Yiddishized English, in which an English word is integrated into Yiddish usage, as in 'allrightnik, ' or the expression 'a Heifitz he isn't.'" Bluestein's insights into and examples of countless Yiddish expressions that have made their way into American English are fascinating and delightful. They vividly remind us of the multiculturalism of the American language and of the nation itself.
The lexicon can be read selectively, like a dictionary, or straight through, as an informative and entertaining romp through a sumptuous linguistic tradition. Everywhere are the words of some of America's most distinctive voices--Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, Joseph Heller, and countless others. This greatly expanded and updated second edition of Anglish/Yinglish is a splendid guide to the ways Yiddish has permeated and transformed the American language.
Linguistics expert and long-time educator Hackett offers a robust introduction to biblical Hebrew grammar and the Masoretic text. The graded exercises from Hebrew to English are intended to introduce the student to the many possibilities of biblical Hebrew prose. Later lessons include texts taken from the Masoretic text of the Old Testament with footnotes to explain unusual or advanced formations. Classroom tested and suitable for self-study as well, this quick-moving one-semester course (30 lessons) features clear, readable explanations, exercises, and examples that provide students with an effective foundation in original language usage. This textbook is also suitable for an entire first-year's study of Biblical Hebrew conducted at a slower pace.
Course work includes an overview of the history of the Hebrew Bible; deductive lessons on recognition, drawing, and pronunciation of consonants and vowels; memorization and recitation of the alphabet; and proper spelling of words; as well inductive experience in translating biblical passages.
The accompanying CD includes:
- Vocabulary lists for each of the 30 chapters
- Hebrew-to-English portions of exercises for all chapters
- Major paradigms for the whole book (nouns, pronouns, verbs in all their various
- A reading of Genesis 22:1-19 (Appendix C)
- Vocabulary lists
- Printable Hebrew-to-English exercises
- Appendix A: Consonants of Biblical Hebrew
- Appendix B: Vowels of Biblical Hebrew
- Appendix C: Genesis 22:1-19 (conversationally paced reading)
- Appendix D: Chart and flow sheet for finding the root of weak verbs
- Verbal paradigms
- Complete answer key for English-to-Hebrew and Hebrew-to English exercises
Excellent textbook for students who wish to progress beyond using simple reference works and ideal for those who wish to read the Hebrew Bible deeply, widely, and accurately, as well as for any who wish to pursue advanced studies in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Basic Yiddish: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar with related exercises in a single volume.
The workbook is structured around 25 short units, each presenting relevant grammar points which are explained using multiple examples in jargon-free language.
Basic Yiddishis suitable for both class use as well as independent study. Key features include:
- a clear, accessible format
- many useful language examples
- jargon-free explanations of grammar
- abundant exercises with a full answer key
Clearly presented and user-friendly, Basic Yiddish provides readers with the essential tools to express themselves in a wide variety of situations, making it an ideal grammar reference and practice resource for both beginners and students with some knowledge of the language.
Large print edition of the Hebrew Old Testament. A revision of Kittle, Biblia Hebraica prepared by H. P. Ruger and other scholars on the basis of Manuscript B19A, in the National Public Library, St. Petersburg, Russia, with a thorough revision of the Masoretic apparatus by G. E. Weil. Introduction in German, English, French, Spanish, and Latin. English key to Latin words, abbreviations, and symbols.
This is the first textbook written for the purpose of teaching biblical Hebrew to college-level students who already know some modern, Israeli Hebrew. Marc Brettler provides a clear, comprehensive book with numerous well-constructed exercises to help students either make the transition from modern Israeli Hebrew to biblical Hebrew or deepen their understanding of biblical Hebrew. The book is also ideal for individuals who might like to study independently, and for serious Jewish adult-education programs.
Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Israeli Hebrew is unique in its emphasis on phonology, based on the conviction that a strong grounding in phonology makes it possible to learn biblical Hebrew grammar in a much more systematic fashion. This method also allows verbal conjugations to be taught much more quickly and systematically. Although the text is not inductive, it uses authentic biblical texts throughout to illustrate fundamental points, and it contains many biblical texts in the exercises. Students progressing through the book will quickly be encouraged by a sense of accomplishment as they encounter and understand well-known biblical passages.
In this delightful book, the author enumerates and classifies the formulas Yiddish speakers use to express their emotions. It is a rarity among scholarly books, for it brings joy while it teaches; it makes us smile, sometimes roar with laughter, while it develops the most rigorous linguistic argumentation. The author analyzes the many kinds of Yiddish "psycho-ostensives"--ranging from blessings and thanks to lamentations and curses. To a person who mentions something horrible you can say: Zalts dir in di oygn, fefer dir in noz ("Salt into your eyes, and pepper into your nose "). Or to a child you might tenderly murmur: A gez nt dir in yeder yverl ("A health to all your little body-parts "). The author illustrates how these formulas can be used to fulfill social conventions, to keep away evil, to show off--or even to deceive the listener. Comments 1999] "I have known and profited from this book for many years, and its interest for linguistics and Yiddish studies has grown steadily. The book will have three audiences: specialists in Yiddish; linguists, psychologists, and anthropologists who are interested in the emotional side of language; and general linguists familiar with Matisoff's outstanding contributions, both witty and insightful, in other linguistic fields." --William Labov, University of Pennsylvania "Matisoff's book was pathbreaking, innovative, and crucially important when it was first published and remains so today. It is as relevant as it was then, if not more so. Matisoff is a consummate scholar and also an excellent writer: clear and weighty but also whimsical and witty." --Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University
A delightful excursion through the Yiddish language, the culture it defines and serves, and the fine art of complaint
Throughout history, Jews around the world have had plenty of reasons to lament. And for a thousand years, they've had the perfect language for it. Rich in color, expressiveness, and complexity, Yiddish has proven incredibly useful and durable. Its wonderful phrases and idioms impeccably reflect the mind-set that has enabled the Jews of Europe to survive a millennium of unrelenting persecution . . . and enables them to kvetch about it
Michael Wex—professor, scholar, translator, novelist, and performer—takes a serious yet unceasingly fun and funny look at this remarkable kvetch-full tongue that has both shaped and has been shaped by those who speak it. Featuring chapters on curse words, food, sex, and even death, he allows his lively wit and scholarship to roam freely from Sholem Aleichem to Chaucer to Elvis.
Perhaps only a khokhem be-layle (a fool, literally a "sage at night," when there's no one around to see) would care to pass up this endearing and enriching treasure trove of linguistics, sociology, history, and folklore—an intriguing appreciation of a unique and enduring language and an equally fascinating culture.