EBOOK BOOK In the BeginningA Short History of the Hebrew Language by Joel M. Hoffman – chiangshistory.org
Joel M. Hoffman Þ 6 Free eadIence as I can t imagine you would get too much out of this unless you had a pretty good grasp of Hebrew and Greek and a little Latin and German wouldn t hurt yet if you were truly a linguist this would be too basic though maybe not if you didn t know too much about Hebrew For me it was perfect I studied Hebrew for a gazillion years but never was good at it finally got good in a semester of Biblical Hebrew in college followed immediately by a trip to Israel and then taught Hebrew for two years at the first grade level This helped me bring it all together and make sense of it through a methodical scientific approach I particularly like the Further Reading suggested by Hoffman at the end of his books which compactly presents the appropriate esources for continuing scholarship He Lets Be Just Friends (Just Friends, really wants theeader to explore the topic further and not take his word for it Now to place a few ILL euests. W the language actually sounded He places these developments into a historical context and shows their continuing impact on the modern worldThis sweeping history traces Hebrew's development as one of the first on the modern worldThis sweeping history traces Hebrew's development as one of the first to make use of vowels Hoffman also covers the dramatic story of the ebirth of Hebrew as a "to make use of vowels Hoffman also covers the dramatic story of the ebirth of Hebrew as a spoken languagePacked with lively information about language and linguistics and history In the Beginning is essential eading for both newcomers and scholars interested in learning about Hebrew and languages in general. S 200 BCE 68 CE If ead with an eye for gleaning details but not necessarily the broader picture this is a worthwhile ead Sections were very illuminating but the emphasis on not actually being able to define Gd was like watching a tightrope walker doing backbend on the high wire Painful The Ruach Holy Spirit and Breath explanations made the whole book worthwhile though Glad *I learned my abc s but a novel they aren t I *learned my abc s but a novel they aren t I this book Use it as a springboard for bigger studies His next book after was disappointing in the skim over and lecture circuit eviews If anyone can make a good case as to why valuable time or money should be spent eading it then please do A compact linguistic history of Hebrew which delves into the scholarly arguments just deep enough to be entertaining but not uite enough to be pedantic though some might find it so This is definitely for a fairly specific aud. Idea that speech can be divided into units called words and that these words can be epresented with marks on a page had to be discovered As Hoffman points out almost every modern system of writing descends from Hebrew; by studying the history of this language we can learn a good deal about how we express ourselves todayHoffman follows and decodes "the adventure that is the history of Hebrew illuminating how the written ecord has survived the significance of the Dead Sea "adventure that is the history of Hebrew illuminating how the written ecord has survived the significance of the Dead Sea and ancient translations and attempts to determine ho. While I disagree with many of the author "s premises Hoffman aises interesting uestions and makes good points that I had never considered before I would "premises Hoffman aises interesting uestions and makes good points that I had never considered before I would this book to students of Hebrew who are looking to broaden their understanding of its history and the vast amount of scholarship on the subject I came upon this book by ecommendation of Asya Pereltsvaig The short book takes us through a history of Hebrew writing showing how Hebrew was the first writing system to partially ecord vowels and make itself easier to learn and propagate Masoretic system of complete marking of how Hebrew should sound did not arise until after 800 CE 1000 CE at least 500 years after Hebrew ceased to be a spoken language It seems that some of the ules of pronunciation were invented by Masoretes However authenticity of many of the Masoretic ules found confirmation in the writing of the Dead Sea Scroll. Hebrew as a language is just over 3000 years old and the story of its alphabet is uniue among the languages of the world Hebrew set the stage for almost every modern alphabet and was arguably the first written language simple enough for everyone not just scribes to learn making it possible to make a written ecord available to the masses for the first timeWritten language has existed for so many years since around 3500 BCE that most of us take it for granted But as Hoffman eveals in this entertaining and informative work even the.
Joel M. Hoffman