As I anticipate (hopefully!) moving into an academic post in the next year, I have begun to think about questions on textbooks. One area that I think presents a perpetual problem is finding a Hebrew grammar that is adequate. That, my friends, is where you come in . . . what grammar(s) do you find best, and why? What makes them accesible and manageable for beginning students? And, also important, what makes them manageable as something around which an intro course can be structured?
I learned Hebrew from Pratico & Van Pelt’s grammar (published by Zondervan), which I actually don’t mind too terribly much. The organization at least makes sense to me, though I know it is not without its problems. Seow is of course a big name, but I am not a fan of his organization; it doesn’t make much sense to me. Nancy deClaisse-Walford has written a grammar, but I am not too familiar with it. Kelly has a grammar out. And most recently Brian Webster’s volume published by Cambridge has gotten some positive attention, I think namely because of the accompanying interactive cd-rom.
So, what grammar is best, and why? What will work best in intro courses? I am interested in the opinions of all . . . students who have used a grammar with much (or little) success, and the same for experienced professors (Heard, Mariottini, Bibb, Williams, etc.).