Basics of Hebrew Discourse Video Lectures
Basics of Hebrew Discourse Video Lectures, presented by Matthew H. Patton, Frederic Clarke Putnam, and Miles V. Van Pelt, is a syntax resource for intermediate Hebrew students. The lectures introduce students to the principles and exegetical benefits of discourse analysis (text linguistics) when applied to biblical Hebrew prose and poetry. Where standard Hebrew reference grammars have traditionally worked to describe the relationship between words and phrases within discrete clauses (micro-syntax), discourse analysis works to describe those relationships that exist between clauses and texts (macro-syntax).
These lectures fill a needed gap for intermediate Hebrew students and give them the tools to work with Hebrew syntax on the macro level. Professors and pastors working with Hebrew will also find this one-of-a-kind resource highly valuable.
Session Titles and Runtimes:
0 - Introduction to Hebrew Discourse (18 min)
1 - Introduction to Working with Biblical Hebrew Prose (21 min)
2 - Diagramming (19 min)
3 - Discourse Markers and Verbal Sequences in Narrative (18 min)
4 - Verbal Sequences in Non-Narrative and Preposing and Verbless Clauses (23 min)
5 - Analysis (21 min)
6 - An Example (38 min)
7 - Introduction to Working with Biblical Hebrew Poetry (20 min)
8 - Glossing and Parsing the Poem (17 min)
9 - Poetic Lines (20 min)
10 - Verbal Forms (18 min)
11 - Type of Clause (20 min)
12 - Syntax (25 min)
13 - Semantic Cohesion (29 min)
14 - Logical Cohesion and Structure (19 min)
About the Authors
Matthew H. Patton (PhD, Wheaton College) is the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, Ohio.
Frederic Clarke Putnam (PhD, Annenberg Research Institute) is associate professor of Bible & liberal studies, The Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. He has taught Hebrew grammar, discourse, and exegesis since 1984, and has published three previous books on biblical Hebrew. He and his family live in southeast Pennsylvania.