Biblical Hebrew: Part 1 – Multiple Languages
Working knowledge of biblical Hebrew is critical to understanding and translating the Old Testament. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced learner, lessons 1–15 of this certificate program can help you become a fluent reader of biblical Hebrew by providing the resources, system, and motivation you need to learn efficiently, retain effectively, and develop fluency during every stage of the language learning process. The goal is not to just learn and retain Hebrew but to be able to actually use it!
Certificate Learning Objectives
- Vocabulary: Words learned—360 content words (excluding grammatical words)
- Language Skills:
- Reading proficiency: Be able to read simple sentences and stories without the aid of a dictionary and with a fair degree of fluency (about 100 words per minute)
- Writing proficiency: Can construct simple sentences and manipulate stories based on varying grammatical features
- Listening proficiency: Can listen to and understand simple sentences and stories without the aid of a dictionary
- Speaking proficiency: Can construct simple sentences and manipulate stories based on varying grammatical features
- Grammar Knowledge:
- Morphology: Form and parse all the major verbal forms in the Pa’al template, including some irregular forms, introduction to the Hiphil template and the template system in Hebrew, the construct for common noun patterns, basic prepositions with suffixes, common conjunctions, and basic question words
- Syntax: Working knowledge of when word order changes in certain sentence types; ability to produce some of the non-standard sentence types (simple questions, non-verbal clauses, subordinate clauses, etc.)
- Semantics: Basic knowledge of the semantics of verbal categories such as tense and aspect; basic knowledge of the semantics of cases and nominal functions; basic knowledge of the functions of determiners, particles, prepositions, and conjunctions
Note: These skills will vary from student to student, depending on whether they concentrate on speaking, writing, listening, or reading. There are opportunities to practice all of these skills within the application, but it is up to the students to focus on what they deem to be most necessary.