Teach Yourself Biblical Hebrew

By R.K. Harrison

I usually love the language courses from the Teach Yourself series: I must have more than twenty of the little blue, black or yellow books. But Biblical Hebrew is a bad egg. Originally published in 1955, and written in a style that was dated in 1890, H&S had no business reprinting the text photographically in 1991.

  • Author: R.K. Harrison
  • Title: Teach Yourself Biblical Hebrew
  • Pages: 217
  • Published: 1991 (1955)
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • ISBN: 0-340-54916-5

Shall I be harsh? Yes, I believe I will. This particular book is useless. Disorganized, simplified in the wrong places, with useless little exercises and not nearly enough work on the difficult Hebrew script. For once I agree with the Amazon reviews unreservedly.

I’ve since then acquired Wesselius’ Korte Grammatica van het Bijbels Hebreeuws, a much better introduction, even if that book is marred by a naff audio cd with the author reading chunks of Genesis with a horrible Dutch accent.