In their Intermediate Biblical Hebrew: An Illustrated Grammar, John A. Cook (Professor of Old Testament and Director of Hebrew Language Instruction at Asbury Theological Seminary) and Robert D. Holmstedt (Professor of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto) build on the success of their earlier Beginning Biblical Hebrew: A Grammar and Illustrated Reader (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013). As stated in the introduction, the aim of Intermediate Biblical Hebrew is to provide “a learning tool that allows for a more immersive, communicative learning experience at the next stage of Biblical Hebrew acquisition” (p. 7). This goal stems from Cook and Holmstedt’s conviction that intermediate-level Hebrew students need “to acquire proficiency in using the language, and variation, repetition, and the engagement of as many senses as possible is vital to the acquisition process” (p. 10).

The bulk of Intermediate Biblical Hebrew consists of 24 chapters, each centered...

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