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Biblical Hebrew I

Semester Credit Hours:     3Tuition:     $125.00

Prerequisite:    Learn the Hebrew Alphabet

Required Textbook:

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.

A Unique Approach

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.

After trying to learn Hebrew on my own for 4 years, I feel this course enabled me to make great strides. I enjoy reading the Tanakh now and unraveling the mystery of the language, not to mention the richer and deeper meaning the language reveals.
— A. Singley
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.

Your Commitment

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

Eventually you will begin to think in Hebrew. Compare this goal to the traditional language course that teaches you how to translate, in which case you are still thinking in your native language.

Course Summary

Biblical Hebrew I is offered each fall and is the first 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).

You may move forward at a faster pace. However, you must not fall behind.

We recommend that you memorize the Hebrew alphabet before the course begins. You will find instruction on BibleInteract’s Learn the Hebrew Alphabet page. Since sessions 1 and 2 are for that purpose, your advance work will allow you to move forward on the following sessions.

Registration is Now CLOSED (Will open again in July 2018.)

Next session begins:    August 19, 2018.

FALL 2018 COURSE SCHEDULE:

Session 1 (Alphabet): August 19
Session 2 (Read Aloud and Write): August 26
Session 3 (Nouns): September 2
Session 4 (Prepositions and Subject Pronouns): September 16
Session 5 (Perfect Verb Form): September 30
Session 6 (Direct Object and Verb “to be”): October 14
Session 7 (Word Pairs): October 28
Session 8 (Imperfect Verb Form): November 11
Session 9 (Adjectives): November 25
Session 10 (Direct Object Pronouns): December 9
Session 11 (Course Ends): January 5
Biblical Hebrew I Online Class

This online course is open to anyone. However, if you want to receive credit from The Bible Learning University you must be a registered student by filling out our online application. The most important requirement is your full commitment to do the homework and to abide by the schedule. In return, you will begin to “think in Hebrew” and to apply your new language skills to penetrating a depth of understanding in Scripture.

(Note: Registration page will open in a new window.)

Comments (13)

  • Michael Cui

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    Hi Webmaster,

    What time the course would start exactly and how to access the online video course?

    b.regards,

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    • Faith Benson

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      Hi, Michael.

      BL 201: Biblical Hebrew I begins August 23, 2015. Once you’ve registered, someone will contact you with login information, instructions for the class, and the schedule for the online sessions. Other than the online sessions, which are usually scheduled for Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, there is no set time that you have to be “in class.” You can watch the lectures and do the coursework on your own schedule and at your own pace.

      I hope this helps!

      Faith

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  • Michael Cui

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    Hi Webmaster,

    I registered and received the confirmed email for the receipt, but I didn’t get the email to show me how to login into system.

    B.RGDS,
    Michael

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  • ortha gonzalez

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    when will biblical hebrew 1 be offered .

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    • Faith Benson

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      Biblical Hebrew I is offered each fall. the class usually starts toward the end of August, but check the bibleinteract.com web page towards the end of the summer for the exact start date of the next class.

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  • Ronnie

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    In your online registration you ask for the Pastor and Church Leader for references I don’t have either. Will that disqualify me? I don’t need the credit for it. I want to learn for the enjoyment of Hebrew but I know I will need the class setting because self study is a bit difficult for me. Thanks for any info and I have appreciated your website. Keep doing the work of God.

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    • Faith Benson

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      No, it will not affect your ability to register and take the class. Once you submit your registration, Dr. Davis will contact you directly.

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  • Ortha Gonzalez

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    I am not interested in credit toward a degree but would like to take the course. Is this possible and if so how would I do this. If it is not possible to audit the course, I will pay for the course.

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    • Faith Benson

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      Hi, Ortha.

      The Hebrew courses are $125 regardless of whether you take it for credit or not, and you would just register for the class by purchasing it through the BibleInteract store. If you were wanting to take it for credit, you would fill out the online application and someone would contact you to get you set up as a degree-seeking student. I hope this helps. Let us know if you have any further questions.

      Blessings,
      Faith A. Benson

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      • Ortha Gonzalez

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        Thanks

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  • Jason Limbers

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    Is registration closed for the Fall 2017 course, or is the listed as closed until it closer to the class? I’m trying to find out if I have to wait 18 months to take your course.

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    • Faith Benson

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      Registration for the Fall 2017 Hebrew I course is currently closed. Registration will open mid-summer (2017) for the next class, which starts in August 2017.

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      • Jason Limbers

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        Ok. I was thinking it was closed because it was full already.

        Reply

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