Donald R. Vance, Ph.D. (1997) in Biblical Interpretation, Denver University-Iliff School of Theology, is Associate Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature at Oral Roberts University. His most recent publication is A Hebrew Reader for Ruth (Hendrickson, 2003).
Teachers and students, both undergraduate and graduate, of biblical studies, semitics, classical and biblical Hebrew.
'Donald Vance’s Introduction to Classical Hebrew will provide students with a serious foundation for further study. It is suited to a one-year course and focuses, as all introductory grammars of Biblical Hebrew must, on the morphology of the language. The basic processes of the sound system, the various vowel lengthening and reduction mechanisms, are introduced early and clearly. They are repeated as needed throughout the book. A grasp of these processes makes learning the forms easier. The vocabulary is clearly presented, and there is a broad set of readings. Appropriate attention is given to problems of translation and the differences between Biblical Hebrew and English.'
M. O’Connor, Department of Semitics, The Catholic University of America
'To a degree beyond anything that I have seen in my twenty-plus years as a teacher of the subject, Vance's work is lucidly organized and cross-referenced, as well as replete with historical explanations of phenomena in the language, in a way sure to prove valuable to students who return to it after their introductory course for purposes of review or reference. ... I recommend Vance's work highly to colleagues as a worthy investment for their own libraries (and those of their institutions).'
George Heider, Review of Biblical Literature, 2005