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Step 2: Learn the letter names.
This is an easy step and you can actually do this at any time. These are your Hebrew A,B,C's - the Aleph-Bet. You need this so you can refer to the letters when communicating with others and when you're reading about Hebrew, like in a Hebrew textbook. It's also handy for looking up words in a dictionary.
In this section you'll learn the Aleph-Bet song sung by my wife, Michelle. Mp3 version is available for download as well.
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Step 5: Focus on verbs.
Verbs are the heart of any utterance. Even sentences without verbs have some sort of implied verb. Verbs are where the "action" is and there is a lot packed into a verb - especially perhaps Hebrew verbs. Did you know Hebrew has four you's: you, y'all and then two more for strictly feminine addressees? Y'all will find this, and much more, embedded in Hebrew verbs.
This section has exercises to help with those verb forms discussed in step 4 and, more importantly continually encountered in the biblical texts we're trying to read.
All are welcome to join our Live Hebrew Reading Group. Reading level is beginner-intermediate. We meet once a week in a virtual world, equipped with voice chat, for a hour and a half of Hebrew Bible reading practice. Discussion ranges from vocabulary and verb forms to literary structure, textual criticism (occassionally), and theology. We will also often examine the passage from the perspective of the whole Christian canon (NT as well as OT). The goal is to inform the head as well as the heart by listening carefully to the sacred text and to one another. Contact me for further information.
Current meetings: Friday morning 7:30-9 AM EST (North America)
Check our Reading Schedule above to see what we're reading. If it's too small to see, click the "Google Calendar" link in the bottom right corner to get a larger version.
I started this web site back in 2004. At the time I was on staff at Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan, and we needed a distance learning option for non-resident seminary students who had a Biblical Hebrew requirement in their program. Most of the seminary courses were one week modulars but that obviously wasn't going to work for a language course. Long story short, I ended up making a deal with the school where they would provide some resources (computer hardware and multimedia software) and I would make a series of first year Hebrew lectures on my own time, that I would then own, but we would also use in the Briercrest distance Hebrew course. The arrangement worked out well. Briercrest got a course and I got a web site. In 2011 we moved to rural Quebec to pastor a small bilingual Baptist church, though I still instruct the distance Hebrew course for Briercrest.
Enjoy the web site. :)
Charles Grebe, M.A. in Theological Studies (OT)
Thesis: Participant Reference In The Saul Narratives: 1 Samuel 9-31
Mother's Day 2017
וְהָיָ֣ה׀ בְּאַחֲרִ֣ית הַיָּמִ֗ים נָכ֙וֹן יִֽהְיֶ֜ה הַ֤ר בֵּית־יְהוָה֙ בְּרֹ֣אשׁ הֶהָרִ֔ים וְנִשָּׂ֖א מִגְּבָע֑וֹת וְנָהֲר֥וּ אֵלָ֖יו כָּל־הַגּוֹיִֽם׃ וְֽהָלְכ֞וּ עַמִּ֣ים רַבִּ֗ים וְאָמְרוּ֙ לְכ֣וּ׀ וְנַעֲלֶ֣ה אֶל־הַר־יְהוָ֗ה אֶל־בֵּית֙ אֱלֹהֵ֣י יַעֲקֹ֔ב וְיֹרֵ֙נוּ֙ מִדְּרָכָ֔יו וְנֵלְכָ֖ה בְּאֹרְחֹתָ֑יו כִּ֤י מִצִּיּוֹן֙ תֵּצֵ֣א תוֹרָ֔ה וּדְבַר־יְהוָ֖ה מִירוּשָׁלִָֽם׃
ישעיה ב ב-ג   Isaiah 2:2-3
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