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An Introductory Grammar of Rabbinic Hebrew

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    Miguel Perez Fernandez(Author),John Elwolde(Translator)

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The student is introduced to the grammar, forms of expression, and idiosyncrasies of Rabbinic Hebrew. The book comprises 32 teaching units, each with a phraseology section, vocabulary, and exercise texts. Historical and morphological aspects are discussed as well as syntax and usage. There is an introductory survey of research into Rabbinic Hebrew and a detailed bibliography.

'..".the most complete description of the language of the Mishnah and other tannaitic works in English since Segal's 1927 grammarPirez Fernandez has rendered an important service to English-speaking students and scholars. He has made the modern study of Mishnaic Hebrew easily accessible to a wide audience.'Steven E. Fassberg, "The Jewish Quarterly Review, 1999.'"...the most complete description of the language of the Mishnah and other tannaitic works in English since Segal's 1927 grammar Perez Fernandez has rendered an important service to English-speaking students and scholars. He has made the modern study of Mishnaic Hebrew easily accessible to a wide audience."' Steven E. Fassberg, "The Jewish Quarterly Review", 1999."'."..the most complete description of the language of the Mishnah and other tannaitic works in English since Segal's 1927 grammar Perez Fernandez has rendered an important service to English-speaking students and scholars. He has made the modern study of Mishnaic Hebrew easily accessible to a wide audience."' Steven E. Fassberg, "The Jewish Quarterly Review," 1999."'...the most complete description of the language of the Mishnah and other tannaitic works in English since Segal's 1927 grammar...Perez Fernandez has rendered an important service to English-speaking students and scholars. He has made the modern study of Mishnaic Hebrew easily accessible to a wide audience.' Steven E. Fassberg, The Jewish Quarterly Review, 1999. Text: English, Hebrew (translation) Original Language: Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By A customer on December 6, 1999

    Simply the best grammar ever published for rabbinic hebrew -- now that it's available at a reasonable price in paperback, go for it!

  • By David L. Steinberg on July 18, 2014

    Mishnaic Hebrew, also called Rabbinic Hebrew, is the language of the Hebrew texts associated with the rabbis of the Amoraic and Tannaitic periods (c. 70-500 CE). M.H. Segal demonstrated that this was a living Hebrew spoken as a popular language into the second century CE. Segal's 1927 work, A Grammar of Mishnaic Hebrew, performed a great service but has two deficiencies. First, it has not been updated to take account of the important research published on Mishnaic Hebrew since the 1950s. Second, it is strictly a grammar, not a textbook. Fortunately, Miguel Perez Fernandez's book, An Introductory Grammar of Rabbinic Hebrew, remedies both of drawbacks and is to be highly recommended.David Steinberg

  • By J. E. S. Leake on March 19, 2002

    The only thing I can think to add to the previous review is that one does have to have a reasonable competence in Biblical (or perhaps Modern) Hebrew in order to use this book, tho' someone would be very unlikely to want to use it without first knowing biblical Hebrew. A copy of Segal's Mishnaic Hebrew grammar would be useful as a supplimentary reference, and a Biblical grammar too as this book is not strong on morphology. But syntax and idiom are very well handled and it is these that make the Mishnah so impenetrable.As to the "reasonable price", sadly this volume in paperback is at a typically exhorbitant Brill price. And the hardback is ridiculously costly. Still, there IS a paperback, so Brill are moving in the right direction!

  • By A customer on December 8, 1999

    I just read a review of this book that said it was the best book of its type. The truth is, that it is the ONLY book of its type. The only possible exception to that would be M. Segal's book from Oxford in 1927, but that book is out of date and was written only as a comprehensive reference grammar and not as a textbook.On the other hand, this book, (which, incidently, was first published in Spanish in 1992) is an lesson-by-lesson textbook designed to introduce you to Rabbinic Hebrew (i. e. of the Mishnah, Tosefta, etc.) and its culture and literature. It provides practice passages for reading and other exercises. So, besides, being an excellent (and so far the only) update to Segal's reference grammar, it is (as far as I know) the only _textbook_ of Rabbinic Hebrew ever written. So, if you interested in this subject, you have little choice but to buy this book.


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