Hebrew Grammar Introduction

 Welcome!

 

07/19/17  The Answer Key for Lessons 1-18 has been added. This will allow you to check or compare your work (especially if you are on your own).

 

Special Thanks is given to Mr. Frederic Clarke Putnam (http://fputnam.com/hebrew-grammar/) for making his magnificent text, A NEW GRAMMAR OF BIBLICAL HEBREW, available online at no cost. This text is copyrighted 2006, 2010 by Frederic Clarke Putnam and used by permission.  We use the published edition at CIB.

 

Hebrew Grammar is the first step to reading the Hebrew Bible; and nothing will change the way you read the New Testament like the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. You will see what is meant by this as you go. Stay the course and you will read Biblical Hebrew in ten to fifteen weeks. A large part of this course is actual READING of the Hebrew Text of Genesis with an Instructor. For each lesson you complete you should follow along with the designated Hebrew Reading sections. Reading is a major key in learning the Grammar, vocabulary, and the language in general. Students have told us repeatedly that “It was the reading that did it!”  When you do the Hebrew Reading sections, simply use the Genesis Hebrew Text provided.

Below is the Syllabus, Hebrew Grammar, Hebrew Genesis Text, Hebrew audio and video, and other items along with the notes and teaching that will guide you through the entire course. If you need the Adobe Reader for these files please click the button below.

Hebrew Syllabus  Start Here!

Hebrew Text of Genesis from the Biblia Hebraica Leningradensia a sample from hendrickson.com Use this Hebrew Text when the class reading begins in Genesis. Each week there is Hebrew Reading and this will be your text.

A NEW GRAMMAR OF BIBLICAL HEBREW, by Putnam

Grammar Part 1  Lessons 1-4

Grammar Part 2  Lessons 5-9

Grammar Part 3  Lessons 10-14

Grammar Part 4  Lessons 15-17

Grammar Part 5  Lessons 18-21

Grammar Part 6  Lessons 22-27

Grammar Part 7  Lessons 28-App. B.

Grammar Part 8  Lessons App. C – F.

A New Grammar of Biblical Hebrew: Answer Key Chapters 1-18, by Putnam

Introduction

The course syllabus is written for TEN WEEKS in Summer Session at CIB; or simply make each lesson 2-3 weeks (one lesson per week) and add the vocabulary in Appendix A, if you wish a regular Two Semesters course.  However, you will still need to complete the course in good time (no longer than about 25 – 30 weeks) so you do not begin to loose what you have learned. All vocabulary words are to be learned except NAMES. It is helpful to write them out on cards of some kind (you can make your own) to carry with you to memorize. Put the grammar also on cards to carry with you. Tests will include large amounts of vocabulary and the basic paradigms.  A final note. Plan on about 200-250 hours total to complete the course. You will still be quite rough when you finish. This is primarily because the Hebrew text looks like Chicken-Scratch-On-A-Muddy-Road for a fairly long time to Western thinking men. Only time and reading the Hebrew text will solve this. So work hard and do a good job!

 

 Week #1 Lessons 1-3

(plan on roughly 8 hours)

Lesson 1  Complete Exercises 1, 2 (skip 3 & 4)  You should be able to write out the Hebrew alphabet from right to left across the page. You should be able to say the entire Hebrew alphabet as quickly as you can your own native alphabet.

Class Video#1

Class Video #2

Lesson 2  Complete Exercises 1, 2  and learn Vocabulary 1 – 17. Use videos for learning vowels.

Lesson 3  Complete Exercises 1, 2  and learn Vocabulary 18 – 26

Class Video #3

JUST FOR FUN:  Watch a Torah Being Made

Week 1 Test

1. Write out from memory the Hebrew Alphabet

2. The Vowels are Extra Credit 1/2 point for each vowel and its name

Below are links to other sites if you need extra help.

Hebrew Alphabet worksheet and additional guidance, go to  A Heart to Know the Word, Lesson 2.

Learn the Alphabet    I     Click here to watch and hear the alphabet (Part   I)

Learn the Alphabet  II      Click here to watch and hear the alphabet (Part  II)

Learn the Alphabet III      Click here to watch and heat the alphabet (Part III)

Week #2 Lessons 4-6

Lesson 4  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary 34 – 50

Lesson 5  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary 51 – 66

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Lesson 6  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary 67 – 82

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Week 2 Test

1. Vocabulary 1/2 of the Vocabulary for lessons 4-6

2. Write out the Declension for the Noun using “horse” in Hebrew (SUS)

JUST FOR FUN:  Watch Parchment Being Made

Week #3 Lessons 7-9

Lesson 7  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary 83 – 99

Lesson 8  Complete Exercise(s) and learn Vocabulary 100 – 115

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Lesson 9  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary 116 – 132

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Week 3 Test

1. Half of the vocabulary from Lessons 6-9

2. Write out the Imperfect Conjugation

JUST FOR FUN:  Sewing A Torah Scroll To The Woods

 

Week #4 Lessons 10-12

Lesson 10  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary 133 – 148

Lesson 11  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary 149 – 165

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Lesson 12  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary 166 – 182

Class Video For Week #5

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Week 4 Test (Not Active)

1. Half of the Vocabulary

2.) 

Week #5 Lessons 13-15

Lesson 13  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Lesson 14  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Lesson 15  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Week 5 Test

1. Half of the Vocabulary

2.) 

Week #6 Lessons 16-18

Lesson 16  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Lesson 17  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Lesson 18  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Week 6 Test

1. Half of the Vocabulary

2.) 

Week #7 Lessons 19-21

Lesson 19  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Lesson 20  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Lesson 21  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Week 7 Test

1. Half of the Vocabulary

2.)

JUST FOR FUN:  Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Week #8 Lessons 22-25

Lesson 22  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Lesson 23  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Lesson 24  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Lesson 25  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Week 8 Test

1. Half of the Vocabulary

2.) 

Week #9 Lessons 26-28

Lesson 26  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Lesson 27  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Lesson 28  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Week 9 Test

1. Half of the Vocabulary

2.)


Week #10 Lessons 29-31

Lesson 29  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Lesson 30  Complete Exercises 1, 2 and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Lesson 31  Complete Exercises and learn Vocabulary

Hebrew Reading of Genesis

Week 10 Test

1. Half of the Vocabulary

2.)




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