Learn to Read Biblical Hebrew
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Learn to Read Biblical Hebrew

Everything you need to learn Hebrew from the alphabet to translating the Bible on your own.
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Created by Mr. Jeff Benner
Last updated 4/2017
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 54 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify the Hebrew alphabet and vowels and pronounce them.
  • Read the text of the Hebrew Bible with some basic comprehension.
  • Understand the fundamentals of the Hebrew language.
  • Be able to look up any word in the Hebrew Bible and determine its meaning.
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Requirements
  • There are no prerequisites or prior knowledge needed by the student before taking this course. This course will start from the beginning by learning the Hebrew alphabet and then teach you Hebrew vocabulary, how sentences are constructed and then teach you how to translate the Hebrew text of the Bible for yourself.
Description

A translation of the Bible is a translator's "interpretation" of the text. The translator's doctrines and beliefs will often influence how the text will be translated and anyone using his translation is seeing it through his eyes rather than through the eyes of the original authors. Only by studying the original language of the Bible can one see the text in its original state. 

Learning the Hebrew language can be both fun and exciting. Upon completing this course you will be reading Hebrew, building a Hebrew vocabulary and even begin translating Biblical passages for yourself.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in learning how to read the Hebrew Bible in its original language.
  • This course is not for learning the Greek language of the New Testament.
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Curriculum For This Course
55 Lectures
03:07:07
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Learn the Hebrew Alphabet
13 Lectures 01:03:53

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters א (aleph) and ב (bet).

Preview 05:21

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters מ (mem) and י (yud).

Preview 05:08

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters נ (nun) and ה (hey).

The Nun and Hey
04:24

The Hebrew fonts are a little small in the quizzes, but there is an option for you to increase the size of the text.

About the Quizzes
00:49

Answer the following questions related to the Hebrew letters א and ב.

The Hebrew letters aleph, beyt, mem, yud, nun and hey.
10 questions

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters ל (lamed) and ו (vav)

The Lamed and Vav
07:40

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters ר (resh) and ש (shin).

The Resh and Shin
04:06

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters ע (ayin) and ט (tet).

The Ayin and Tet
03:18

The Hebrew letters lamed, vav, resh, shin, ayin and tet.
10 questions

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters ת (tav) and ד (dalet).

The Tav and Dalet
07:08

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters צ (tsade) and ק (quph).

The Tsade and Quph
06:54

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters ח (hhet) and כ (kaph).

The Hhet and Kaph
07:31

The Hebrew letters tav, dalet, tsade, quph, hhet and kaph.
10 questions

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters ז (zayin) and פ (pey).

The Zayin and Pey
05:17

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letters ג (gimel) and ס (samehh).

The Gimel and Samehh
04:55

The Hebrew letters zayin, pey, gimel and samehh.
10 questions
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Reading and Comphrehension Practice
6 Lectures 15:11

This section is dedicated to reading practice. While you may recognize some Hebrew words in the readings, the main objective is to work on your pronunciation of Hebrew words.

Preview 01:09

In this lecture I will define each Hebrew word in Genesis 1:1 and then read the verse.

Preview 02:13

In this lecture I will define each Hebrew word in Genesis 1:2 and then read the verse.

Genesis 1:2
04:14

In this lecture I will define each Hebrew word in Genesis 1:3 and then read the verse.

Genesis 1:3
02:09

In this lecture I will define each Hebrew word in Genesis 1:4 and then read the verse.

Genesis 1:4
03:09

In this lecture I will define each Hebrew word in Genesis 1:5 and then read the verse.

Genesis 1:5
02:17

Test your skill at reading and translating Hebrew.

Reading and Comphrension
10 questions
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Hebrew Nouns
7 Lectures 22:02

In this lesson you will learn about simple Hebrew nouns.

Simple Nouns
02:23

In this lesson you will learn how noun constructs are formed.

Preview 03:54

In this lesson you will learn about all the letters that are added to the beginning of a word to form more complex words.

Noun Prefixes
02:54

In this lesson you will learn about all the letters that are added to the end of a word to form more complex words.

Noun Suffixes
05:30

In this lesson you will learn how plural nouns are formed for masculine and feminine nouns.

Preview 03:13

In this lesson you will learn the different Hebrew pronouns.

Pronouns
03:08

In this lesson you will be given some Biblical Hebrew passages and you will attempt to translate them.

Translation Practice
01:00

Hebrew Nouns
10 questions
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Hebrew Verbs
7 Lectures 23:47

In this lesson you will learn about how simple verbs are formed by adding specific letters to identify the subject of the verb and the tense of the verb.

Simple Verbs
05:00

In this lesson you will learn the different forms of participle, Imperative and infinitive verbs.

Preview 03:02

There are certain letters that will "drop" from the root when they are conjugated and in this lesson you will learn most of them.

The disappearing letters
02:25

In the previous section you learned about the prefixes that can be attached to nouns. Some of those same prefixes can also be attached to verbs.

Verb Prefixes
01:41

Hebrew verbs can have a suffix added to it to identify the object of the verb.

Verb Suffixes
04:21

Besides the simple verbs that we have already learned, there are additional "forms" of verbs that will slightly change the meaning of the verb.

Verb Forms
06:23

In this lesson you will be given some Biblical Hebrew passages and you will attempt to translate them.

Translation Practice
00:55

Test  your knowledge of Hebrew verbs from what you have learned in this section.

Hebrew Verbs
10 questions
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Prepositions, Adjectives, etc.
8 Lectures 12:26

In this lesson you will learn about Hebrew adjectives and how they are used in sentences.

Preview 02:54

In this lesson you will add some adverbs to your vocabulary list.

Adverbs
01:12

In this lesson you will add some prepositions to your vocabulary list.

Prepositions
01:43

In this lesson you will add some conjugations to your vocabulary list.

Conjunctions
01:13

In this lesson you will learn the different words that are used to form a sentence into a question.

Interogatives
02:04

In this lesson you will add negative words to your vocabulary list.

Negatives
01:05

Many of the words learned in this section can be used in combination to form different concepts.

Combinations
01:08

You will be given five more Biblical phrases that will include some of the words learned in this section.

Translation Practice
01:07

Prepositions, Adjectives, etc.
10 questions
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Defining and Translating Hebrew Words
8 Lectures 37:10

Using Benjamin Davidson's lexicon you will learn how to look up the Hebrew words from the Bible and learn how to dissect the morphology (word structure) of the word.

Preview 04:54

Using Benjamin Davidson's lexicon you will learn how to look up the Hebrew verbs from the Bible and learn how to dissect the morphology (word structure) of the word.

How to define Hebrew words - Verbs
08:30

Hebrew verb tables map out all of the various forms of verbs and are useful in learning the different forms of Hebrew verbs.

Hebrew verb tables
03:16

Bible programs provide a much simpler method of determining the morphology (word structure) of a Hebrew word.

Bible Programs
04:41

It is not uncommon for different Hebrew words to be spelled the same or similarly and caution must be exercised when translating.

Similar word spellings
02:36

I will provide you with other resources to assist you in your studies of the Hebrew language.

Other resources
01:32

With the 15 Biblical phrases that you have been given, you will continue to work on translating them using the resources provided in this section..

Translation Practice
00:40

In this lesson we will go through the 15 phrases together to translate them.

Translation Practive Review
11:01

Defining and Translating Hebrew Words
10 questions
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Translation Exercises
5 Lectures 11:56

You are now ready to begin translating Biblical passages on your own.

Introduction
00:15

Here we will examine this verse word by word to compare your translation with my own.

Exodus 20:1
01:49

Here we will examine this verse word by word to compare your translation with my own.

Exodus 20:2
03:25

Here we will examine this verse word by word to compare your translation with my own.
Exodus 20:3
02:59

Here we will examine this verse word by word to compare your translation with my own.

Exodus 20:4
03:28
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Course Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:44
Final Exam
20 questions

My final comments to congratulate you on the completion of this course.

Final Words
00:44
About the Instructor
Mr. Jeff Benner
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Author, Teacher and Administrator

I first began learning Hebrew in 1995 and soon found that most instruction on Hebrew was missing a key ingredient, a cultural background to the language. After much research on this subject I founded the Ancient Hebrew Research Center in 1999 to share my research into the Ancient Hebrew alphabet, language and culture. I have written well over 500 articles for the Ancient Hebrew Research Center website, which receives about 500,000 visits a month and produced over 100 videos. I have also authored 13 books including a Lexicon of the Hebrew language of the Bible and a mechanical translation of the books of Genesis and Exodus from Hebrew to English. I have been invited on many occasions to speak at seminars and conferences around the country.