A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew

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Editrice Pontificio Istituto biblico, 2006 - Bibles - 772 pages
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This Grammar of the Hebrew language is one of the most complete such grammars in the English language. Already well known in its two-volume first edition [subsidia biblica n. 14], this is the most extensive revision yet of one of the most complete Hebrew Grammars available in English. That first edition of 1991 was, in its turn, based on the original work in French by Paul Jouon published for the first time in 1923. This edition brings the work up to the present by taking account of developments in our understanding of the Hebrew language during the intervening years. For the first time the work is presented in a single volume. Professor Muraoka hopes that this helps to make the book more attractive and the content easier to use. As with the earlier edition students of the Old Testament, Hebrew and Semitics who have a basic knowledge of Biblical Hebrew will find much useful insight and information here.

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An excellent advanced grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Jouon-Muraoka (JM) provides as much depth as GKC with the benefit of modern revision. The discussions are a bit clearer and more expansive than in ... Read full review

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This updated version combines the two volumes of earlier editions. The 2006 edition takes account newer developments such as 'discourse grammar'. Jouon-Moraoka remains an outstanding Grammar that deserves to be on the shelf of every student of the Hebrew language. It has a way of describing the subtleties of the language without burdening the reader. It is far less cumbersome than Gesenius-Kautzsch and it leaves you fascinated with the language. 

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Tamitsu Muraoka was born in Japan and educated at the Tokyo Kyoiku University in English Philology (BA 1960), Greek, Hebrew and general linguistics (MA 1962), and Hebrew and Semitic linguistics (PhD 1970) at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He taught Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac and Ethiopic at the University of Manchester, U.K. (1970-80). He was Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia, teaching those languages (1980-91). He was Professor of Hebrew at Leiden University, The Netherlands (1991-2003). Professor Muraoka has recently received the distinction of being elected as an Honorary Member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language in Jerusalem (2006).

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