Ethelyn Simon, Irene Resnikoff, Linda Motzkin, The First Hebrew Primer: The Adult Beginner’s Path to Biblical Hebrew (Berkeley: EKS Publishing, 1992)
You will be using your textbook for vocabulary and exercises, not for learning rules of grammar. However, you cannot complete a session without working on all the practice exercises that have been assigned from the textbook.
Rather than emphasizing traditional rules of grammar, this course is built on two principles. First is the sound of the language; you will be listening to the Hebrew. Equally important, you will learn to read the Hebrew aloud yourself, although you may not always understand what you are reading. After all, listening and repeating is the way that children learn. If you master a language, you must be like a child.
Second, instead of memorizing rules of grammar, this course will present visual patterns of various linguistic forms such as nouns, verbs, pronouns and adjectives. You will be learning with visual patterns, not with analytical rules of grammar.
All languages require memorization of vocabulary. However, the course will describe several methods of memorization, and you will select the one that works best for you.
Learning a language requires steady persistence. We recommend that you spend 1-2 hours five days each week depending on your personal learning style. In any case, you must be committed to learning Hebrew, and you must be faithful to complete each session in a timely manner.
Practice, Practice and More Practice!
The more you practice a language, the more you will learn. Be diligent in completing all the exercises. If you need extra help, many sessions have supplementary activities. You may also contact your instructor who will likely have some constructive suggestions.
Our Goal is Your Goal
After completing Biblical Hebrew I, you have probably noticed that you are beginning to think in Hebrew. This course will build on that concept which goes beyond the traditional language course that simply teaches you how to translate, in which case you are still thinking in your native language.
Biblical Hebrew II is offered each spring and is the second of two semesters. A student must complete both semesters in order to learn how to read biblical Hebrew. However, that skill can be mastered in only one year of work (two semesters).
Each session is two weeks long and you may move forward at a faster pace. However, you must not fall behind.
SPRING 2017 COURSE SCHEDULE:
|Session 1 (Direct Object Pronouns):||January 15|
|Session 2 (Reversing Vav):||January 29|
|Session 3 (Participle):||February 5|
|Session 4 (Command):||February 19|
|Session 5 (Infinitive):||March 5|
|Session 6 (Hollow Verbs):||March 19|
|Session 7 (Practice):||April 2|
|Session 8 (Piel Verb Form – Emphatic):||April 9|
|Session 9 (Hiphil Verb Form – Causative):||April 23|
|Session 10 (Hiphil Variations):||May 7|
|Session 11 (Pronoun Verb Forms):||May 21|
|Session 12 (Passive Verb Forms):||June 4|
|Course Ends (All work due):||June 18|
Registration is Now OPEN
Next session begins: January 15, 2017.
Register for BL 301: Biblical Hebrew II
This extensive online course is only open to to students who have completed BL 201: Biblical Hebrew I. The most important requirement is your full commitment to do the homework and to abide by the schedule. In return, you will continue to develop your ability to “think in Hebrew” and to apply your new language skills to penetrating a depth of understanding in Scripture.
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