Learn to Read Hebrew in the Bible
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- Recognize, read and write the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
- Learn over 100 two-letter words in Biblical Hebrew with the letters you learn in each lesson.
- Read and write simple sentences in Biblical Hebrew using the words that you have learned.
- Get to know 12 basic grammar points in Biblical Hebrew through non-academic methods.
- Familiarize yourself with the structure of Hebrew verses through E-Vreet English.
- Develop an ear for Biblical Hebrew that will assist you in your listening comprehension.
- Read a simple story in Biblical Hebrew.
- Be prepared for a traditional Biblical Hebrew course in a university, college, or Bar/Bat Mitzva.
- You have completed the short UDEMY course, "Learn about Hebrew with Legos."
- You have completed the short UDEMY course, "Meet the Hebrew Alphabet."
- a desire to learn "outside of the box" and try cutting-edge methods
- basic understanding of the Tanakh or "Old Testament" in English
- The first few lessons of this course are very simple, but don't be fools. It is building a foundation for you in order to cover more complex structures. Stick with it and you'll see how the methodology works.
This course takes a non-academic approach to guide you through your journey into learning how to read Biblical Hebrew by teaching you to recognize "sight words" in bible verses as you learn Hebrew letters. Instead of trying to memorize 22 different symbols all at the same time, you learn the Hebrew letters by seeing them in action: making words that you can use, giving you new insight into scripture. Learn to read the Biblical Hebrew language using cutting-edge methods. Start to learn Biblical Hebrew as a living language where you can express your thoughts--making the language real. The course is fun but is serious about helping you start reading Biblical Hebrew. It builds a strong foundation that allows the student to learn more complicated grammatical items as it progresses. Many have memorized prayers and blessings in Hebrew but don't really know how to read Biblical Hebrew. Now they have that opportunity.
Learn how to Start Reading the Hebrew Bible.
Learn the names of the Hebrew letters and what their names mean.
Recognize Biblical and Modern Hebrew vocabulary from words you know in English.
Learn how to write each Hebrew letter
Learn over 100 Hebrew sight words as you learn the Hebrew letters
Recognize these sight words in Bible verses and learn how to write them.
Make sentences from the words you have learned.
Learn why some Hebrew letters don't always have the same sound.
Learn about the way Hebrew works through E-Vreet's English translation.
Get new insight into scripture.
Prepare to take a course in Modern Hebrew.
Prepare for a traditional Biblical Hebrew course with the niqqud (vowel points).
At the End of the Course: You'll Open a Hebrew Bible and Start Picking Out Words.
Sight words, often also called high frequency sight words, are
commonly used words in the Bible that you can automatically recognize without having to use any strategies to decode.
There are no lectures or talking heads in this course. Instead, E-Vreet helps you study, engaging you in activities that help you practice what you have learned. It is carefully designed to guide you in a step-by-step process from recognizing the Hebrew letters to being able to actually read simple sentences. It builds on what you just learned, so you are always reviewing previous lessons. This course is great for home-school as well as college.
This course does not cover the vowel points but contextualized the letters in meaningful sight words and sentences.
At the end of the second lesson, you can read and write a simple sentence in Hebrew.
1. Introducing the letter
Each lesson focuses on one Hebrew letter. Find out the name, meaning, and English letter equivalent. The names and place that you already know like Adam, Bethlehem, and David, will help you learn how to recognize the target letter.
You will also see how a words that have been borrowed from English--avocado, banana, and guitar--look in Hebrew.
2. Treasure Hunt in Scriptures
Go on a treasure hunt with the help of our friend, Ben Abraham, (not unlike Bart Simpson). Your mission, (if you choose to accept it), is to find the target letter on signs on roads and shops all over Israel.
Then, like Indiana Jones, you will search the ancient scriptures for the target letter. Usually, the verses come from the book of Genesis. The scriptures have been carefully selected for simplicity and to inspire you.
3. The English translation mirrors the Hebrew structure
To help you get familiar on how Hebrew makes sentences, the English translation of the verses will reflect the Hebrew format.
For instance, the English translation will hyphenate words that are one word in Hebrew: "In-the-beginning." In later units, it will show you how Hebrew changes the verb: "And-said-David."
Take time to read the verses in English. By familiarizing yourself with the Hebrew format through English, you will be prepared learn the grammatical principles in a more advanced course.
4. Special Features
Find out about the Special Features of the target letter--its extra sounds, weird sounds or if it is sticky! Find out how sticky letters help you put sentences together.
5. Learn the write the target letter
Get video instructions on every stroke that you need to make in order to create each Hebrew letter. You will also be given instructions on how to write words and sentences.
6. Snap together the letters
As soon as you learn the first letters of the Hebrew alphabet, you will learn how snap together the letters--like lego blocks--to make simple words. Just as you did with the letters, you will travel through Israel and locate these words on signs in Israel and in Hebrew verses of scripture. Finally, you snap together the words and that you have learned to form sentences.
7. Listening to Biblical Hebrew
In order that you can get used to hearing Hebrew, there is even an extra video of the target letter's section of Psalm 119 where you can follow along. Some of the verses are also in mp3 format.
8. Understanding Ancient Isreal's Culture is key to the language
Click on links that cover ancient Hebrew traditions and major Jewish Holidays.
Each lesson or lecture is about ten minutes long.
Some letters have two to three lectures, depending on their special features.
Try to schedule at least 15 minutes a day for the course.
Little and often is the key for people with busy schedules.
9. The course studies for you.
The course does a lot of the work for you: it has be especially designed to constantly review material--it helps you study and retain the material.
Try to find someone else with whom you can study--this is the traditional way. You can even have a class at your home with a few like-minded friends. We encourage you to join other students for discussions and to ask questions to learn from each other at our Facebook group called E-Vreet. And I am always available. Don't hesitate to message me on Udemy. Students are encouraged to join our Facebook group to discuss what they have learned.
When you say E-Vreet, you are saying Hebrew...in Hebrew.
P.S. Please not that we do not teach Biblical Hebrew using the vowel pointings or nikkud. The E-Vreet method teaches Hebrew using context, words and sentences. After completing the E-Vreet courses, the student is ready for the traditional courses that teach the nikkud.
- Those who have completed "Learn about Hebrew with Legos" short course by UDEMY.
- Those who have completed "Meet the Hebrew Alphabet" short course by UDEMY.
- Those who have completed "Hebrew Root Words in Common BIblical Names" short course by UDEMY
- Students who are ready for an extensive course and ready to make a commitment of 15 minutes a day.
- Students who are taking a traditional Biblical Hebrew course and need other resources to help their studies
- People who want to learn the skills and practice reading beginning Biblical Hebrew with inspirational Bible verses.
- non-academic students who are busy with jobs and family and need a course that helps them study as they go along
- People who learn better visuallly and conceptually
- Those who need to prepare for traditional Biblical Hebrew instruction
- prepare for Bar/Bat Mitzvah
- home-schoolers who want to learn Biblical Hebrew
- Former Biblical Hebrew students who need a refresher
- People who want to learn Biblical Hebrew but can't find a teacher
This video will help you know what to expect for your first unit of Learn Hebrew through the Bible.where you will learn how to recognize the first four letters of the Hebrew alphabet. You will begin studying Biblical Hebrew right away by learning how to recognize these letters in scriptures. You will also learn how to make words with these four letters. Then you will practice recognizing these words in verses in the Bible.
Learn about the first letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet, the Aleph.
You will see the Aleph as it appears as the first letter of words you know.
Then your mission will be to find the Aleph it on signs all over Israel and then in Hebrew scripture.
The pdf file is password protected. The password is evreet. The mp3 files are the Hebrew verses used in the lesson. Listen to them over and over again to develop your ear for Hebrew. You can also find the verse in the pdf and try to follow along.
There is also a video of the Aleph section of Psalm 119. You can follow along and listen for the Aleph at the beginning every verse, taking your first steps in studying Biblical Hebrew.
Now that you have learned how to recognize the Aleph א in scriptures, learn how to write an Aleph א. You will also review the Hebrew words that start with Aleph.
The letter Bait is pretty straight-forward as long as it is at the beginning of a word or syllable. It's just like our B in English. You will learn how to recognize the Bait using words that you already know in Hebrew. You will also practice recognizing the Bait in verses in the Bible.
Follow the yad (pointer) as the Bait section of Psalm 119 is read. Learn to listen for the Bait sound. Learn to appreciate the music of Biblical Hebrew. Don't try to understand the words yet; you are just getting used to the sounds.
Vait a minute! When the Bait ב is in the middle or end of the word, it sounds like a V. It is then formally called a Vait but still looks like a Bait ב. Vait ב and see the video for yourself! The two letters that you know, א and ב now make very important word. You will learn to read your first word in Hebrew and be able to identify it in biblical texts, continuing your journey in studying Biblical Hebrew.
Now that you know the letter Gimel ג, you can learn to recognize a new word in Biblical Hebrew. You will learn about your first grammar point: what Biblical Hebrew does with the indefinite article a/an. Also, we have special added feature at the end just for fun that will tell you about a super hero in Biblical Hebrew.
You will be pleased to know that the Dalet is one of those simple letters in the Hebrew (E-Vreet) alef-bet. It is just like our D. You will learn how to recognize the Dalet in Hebrew words that you already know. You have the opportunity to practice recognizing the Dalet in signs in Israel as well as in the Bible. These exercises help you begin to read Biblical Hebrew.
Because you now know how to recognize four letters of the Hebrew alphabet, you will be able to learn and recognize two more words in Biblical Hebrew. You get to find these words in verses from the bible. Not only that, you will be able to make sentences with them which gives you an idea how Biblical Hebrew works.
You should really be proud of yourself. You have completed the first unit of the course. You not only know the first four letters of the Hebrew (E-vreet) alef-bet, but you know how to read and write a few words in Biblical Hebrew. Not only that--you can read and write some simple sentences in Biblical Hebrew. So let's just do a recap and prepare you as you advance to the next unit.
This is an intro that will give you a head's up on the next unit. Some letters that you will learn about in this unit act as what we call "sticky letters." In Biblical Hebrew, you can have one letter that means a word, usually a preposition. So while you learn about the letter, you also learn about what it means. You can take these letters and literally stick them on words. So instead of having a separate word like "the" or "and", Biblical Hebrew has just one letter. When you get a hold of the concept of the sticky letter, it will really help you begin to read the scriptures in Biblical Hebrew.
The next letter is very important and versatile. We will spend three videos on the letter Hey. This first video shows you how the letter Hey is like our letter H. There aren't many Hebrew words that begin with a Hey, but there is one special one that you know: Hallelu-yah that is used in Biblical Hebrew as well as Modern Hebrew, and practically every language.
Meet the first letter of the Biblical Hebrew alphabet that is a sticky letter: the Hey ה. When Hey ה acts like a sticky letter, it means "the." Instead of using a separate word "the", you stick a Hey ה at the beginning of a word. In this video we'll use words that you have learned in earlier lessons and stick a Hey ה on them.
You learned about the letter Vav ו in our first course, Meet the Hebrew Alphabet. You might remember that Vav ו was the only letter that didn't have an English word, so you had to learn a Hebrew word that began with Vav ו. And that word was...Vav! And just to remind you, the Hebrew word "vav" means hook. In this video, you will learn how to recognize the letter Vav ו. There aren't many words in Biblical Hebrew that begin with Vav 1 so this is a short video. But don't worry, there are four videos on the letter Vav ו.
Vav is another sticky letter that goes at the beginning of the word. When the scribes wrote the ancient scriptures in Biblical Hebrew, it was not tradition to have spaces between the words. As you can imagine, that would be nearly impossible to read. So the Vav came to the rescue. The Vav lets you know when a sentence or a story is going to begin. It's also a sticky letter that means "and."
This video will really help you understand one of the basic concepts on how sentences are formed in Biblical Hebrew.
These videos are longer, but they serve as a review for you. You will get to practice all the words that you have learned so far in the course with the letter Vav.
In the Vav section of Psalm 119, the writer has used the Vav as a sentence marker--just as you have learned in the last video. In each line, the Vav is translated in most bibles as "and," but now that you are learning Biblical Hebrew, you know that the "and" is really a sentence marker as illustrated in this section of Psalm 119.
As you try to learn Biblical Hebrew, you will learn that the Vav is one of the most versatile letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Throughout your studies in Biblical Hebrew, you will learn more and more about the Vav. In this video, you will see how It can sound like a "u" or an "o" in the middle of a word. Sometimes the Vav grabs the Alef to make one of these vowel sounds as we'll see.
The best way to learn this concept is with common words that you will come across as you learn to read Biblical Hebrew. So you will be able to practice with some new vocabulary.
The letter Xhet is what gives Biblical Hebrew its unique sound. Even wonder why you don't know how to pronounce Chanukkah, Chutzpah, or Challah? Unfortunately, the Ch is inaccurate. These words do not have the sound found in church. You may know the great composer, Bach. If you say his name the German way, then you know how to pronounce the Xhet. It's like an H sound deep in your throat. Contrary to popular belief, there is no need to sound like you are clearing your throat. Remember, pronunciation is caught and not taught. Keep on listening to Hebrew, and you'll get the Xhet sound when you least expect it.
Can you believe that you got through Unit 2? You are closer to your goal to read Biblical Hebrew. Well done! Remember that we will be reviewing what you learned throughout the rest of the lessons. Let's recap Unit two with a reading exercise. You can also practice it in the pdf file. Remember, the password is evreet.
Mazel Tov! You are ready to start Unit 3. While learning four letters, you will also learn about where adjectives go in Biblical Hebrew. Does that sound complicated? Well it isn't if you know Mazel Tov. Although Mazel Tov isn't Biblical Hebrew, it will help you learn the concept of how adjectives work in Biblical Hebrew.
Take your time on this unit: it has some twists and turns. There are more sticky letters. And remember those letters from Meet the Hebrew Alphabet that change shape when they come at the end of a word? Well, they are making another appearance in this unit. After this unit, it's downhill skiing.
If you use the pdf files as you follow along on the video, it will help. Remember, the password? evreet
You will be happy to know that Tet ט is one of those straight-forward letters. It's just like our letter T. When foreign words come into the Hebrew (Evreet) language--like telephone, tea, and Tokyo, Hebrew uses the Tet ט. The letter ט is more common in Modern Hebrew than in Biblical Hebrew.
But I must confess, it's not the only letter in the Hebrew (Evreet) alef-bet that sounds like a T. There is one other letter but that isn't until the last lesson.
The letter Yod is the smallest letter of the Biblical Hebrew (Evreet) alef-bet. It looks like an apostrophe because it hangs in the air at the top. It's a rather cool letter. It sounds like a Y at the beginning of words. A lot of names you know or you might even have begin with the Yod.The most important name starts with the Yod. Traditionally, scholars show respect for the name of God and pronounce it as Adonai which means Master. The video will show you.
I was really happy that you were familiar with the name Zachariah--because that name will help you get your head around the Caf in the middle of a word. It has that Xh sound. You'll see when you watch the video. But I'm not finished yet. As you may recall in our previous course, the Caf grows a tail when it is at the end of a word. In that case it always has the Xh sound.
The Lamed is the tallest letter of the Hebrew (Evreet) alef-bet. It towers over the others and goes lower too. It's one of our straight-forward letters: it always sounds like an L. It doesn't change shape or sound. You can breath easy on this video. Wait--the Lamed is also a sticky letter and it means to/for: toDavid or forDavid. But it always sounds like an L!
Mazel Tov! You have completed the more challenging part of the course. Now, it will get easier as you go along. You do have three letters that change shape at the end of words, but you already knew about that from the last course--and they don't change their sound, so it's not too difficult. At the end of this unit, you will be able to read a little story, so hang in there! You will find the pdf files will help you. Password: evreet
The Mem is just like our M. As you will recall, it is part of the Unique family because it has a distinctive shape.
In this activity, listen to the Samexh section of Psalm 119 and follow along the best you can. There is one word that you know. Many times, the second part of the couplet begins with the letter vav. These are in red to help you recognize them. In the second part of the video, you can see what each word means in Hebrew. Pause the video for each verse. Take you time.
You've been waiting for this letter, Aiyn! It is the first letter for the word Evreet. Aiyn is a peculiar kind of letter. It takes on different vowel sounds, like with Evreet. Take your time with this one.
By this time, you probably know this letter, Resh. It is a straight-forward letter. Just remember that it is not pronounced quite like the R in English. If you know French, use the French R. Again, remember that pronunciation is not taught but caught. Keep on listening to Hebrew and you'll eventually get it. Don't worry if you don't: you will still be understood.