Prerequisite: Learn the Hebrew Alphabet
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
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
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.
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
Next session begins: August 2017.