Biblical Hebrew

Biblical Hebrew

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There are three main reasons to learn Biblical Hebrew:

1) Experiencing the Unknown

Hebrew belongs to the Semitic family of languages, whereas English (and Spanish, German, Latin, etc.) belong to the Indo-European family.  However, all language still seeks to attain the same goal (that is, communication) and end up using the same kinds of forms (nouns, adverbs, prepositions, etc.) – therefore, studying Hebrew is an excellent way to study linguistics in a way far different than our own and yet oddly similar.

2) Reading the Old Testament

Hebrew is best known for the Old Testament.  Those persuaded of the Jewish or Christian faiths have a clear reason to desire to read their Scriptures in the original language – both to ascertain a closer understanding of the text and to guard against the errors of others.  However, even secular persons or those of other faiths have reason to study the Old Testament as history or literature, and reading it in the original language can only serve to strengthen such endeavors.

3) The Better Reading of the New Testament

The New Testament is written in Koine Greek; however, it was written by authors (and filled with descriptions of persons) who were Hebraic in culture.  As such, Biblical Greek is heavily influenced by the Hebrew language.  Furthermore, the New Testament and Church fathers quote the Old Testament heavily (though typically using the Septuagint, a Greek translation thereof); learning Hebrew can therefore give very valuable insights into how early Christians used their Old Testament.

Language is made up of three parts: vocabulary, morphology, and syntax.

The Overall Goal

My goal in teaching Hebrew is to teach all three of these parts in a synthetic and comprehensive manner.  I leave no stone unturned, and my students learn to approach language in a way as to not merely translate but to actually understand.

Going Deep

Ultimately, I teach language at a level that meets or exceeds what I had in language courses – even those in my Master’s program.  Unlike most Hebrew courses, I include a vocal component in my tutoring – the brain has a natural ability toward language, and by speaking even basic Hebrew, students can attain a much more fluid (and deep!) understanding of the language.

Having Fun

However, I do not confuse comprehensive with boring.  Quite the opposite, in fact – I intentionally aim to make lessons fun! We laugh, we make jokes, we make fun of our mistakes.  Hebrew can be especially fun because it has a sound very unique to English speakers – sometimes akin to something like Klingon!

I currently teach Hebrew with one curriculum:

A Modern Grammar For Biblical Hebrew by Duane Garrett and Jason DeRouchie

This is an excellent textbook, the same one I used to learn Hebrew myself.  Hebrew can be a complex subject, but this book does a good job in breaking it down into manageable pieces.

Future Curriculum: Sentence Village

It is my eventual goal to transfer my Latin curriculum (currently in the progress of being written) into the Hebrew language. Hebrew is relatively distinct from Latin, so it will be a bit of an adjustment, but basic linguistics is generally the same at the foundation of all languages.

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No Strings Attached

After experiencing the first free lesson, you are under no obligation to continue. Though, of course, I hope you’ll want to do so!

What We Will Accomplish

Because Hebrew has a substantially different alphabet, the first lesson will be composed mainly of an overall introduction to language and a description of the alphabet.  Happily, if I am able to make even that interesting for your student, you’ll know I can work with just about anything!

The Bottom Line

I would love to hear from you and see how I can help your student(s) learn.  I can come to your home (especially if you’re near Osceola, WI or Anoka, MN) at a time that works for you and see how we can work together. You can send me a message here: Contact Me.