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Hebrew fragment: Deuteronomy 6.4 - the Shema

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UNIT 1 - Alphabet & Basics

Including a slow, measured, memorable approach to mastering the alphabet. The letters are refreshingly taught in several ways to aid remembrance through varied repetition: including the original picture images associated with each letter; the acrostic Psalms, Proverbs and Lamentations; Talmudic teaching on alphabet learning. Also: picture language concepts, transliteration exercises and key word studies on 'word', 'law' and 'secret'. In-depth verse study of Genesis 1.1 demonstrates some of the principles learned.

study guide cover Exercises include transliteration practice, writing practice and character recognition drawn from famous Biblical passages and historical examples such as medieval Jewish scrolls. Tutored students receive marked, annotated exercises and model answers. Non-tutored students may send for the model answers and mark their exercises themselves. [MORE ON UNIT 1 INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT 2 - Nouns & Psychology (the nature of man)
Here the structure of creating nouns etc., from verbal roots is explained. From a vocabulary of just 1800 root verbs the whole language can be mastered. Since Hebrew merges several words into one via prefixes and suffixes I approach this from the Hebrew back into English direction rather than vice-versa so that someone can very quickly extract an English meaning from the Hebrew without necessarily being as quick to translate English thought into Hebrew. For me the prime requisite is an understanding of Hebrew/Semitic thought and worldview and its relation to language and translation. If you work too much from English into Hebrew you only learn word for word equivalence rather than foreign idea to own-language idiom translation.

Because of this I have sought to teach Hebrew thought alongside the language in every unit. So in Unit 2 I have chosen Biblical psychology, on the nature of man as a unitary creature, neither tripartite or bipartite, on soul and spirit as synonyms, as with heart and mind. The opposing Greek platonic psychology is also compared. Word studies are on spirit, soul, breath, body, flesh etc. The in depth Hebrew Bible study in unit 2 on Deuteronomy 6.4-7 then comes alive. Exercises include syllable separation; prefix, suffix and roots recognition; all drawn from Biblical passages and preparatory work on Proverbs 1.1-6. [MORE ON UNIT 2 INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

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UNIT 3 - Verbs and Time
This unit introduces verbs, tenses and moods, but in a non-threatening way, i.e., without extensive verb tables which destroys the pleasure of learning. The Hebrew thought on 'time' is an essential aside to learning verbs since Hebrew thinks in terms of completion and tension rather than present and future. Modern Hebrew has somewhat destroyed this distinction. Thought and Word studies on all the issues involved including the concepts of time, fulfilment, future, eternity, history and finality help Old & New Testament understanding. In depth Hebrew Bible studies include Proverbs 1.1-6 (full of easy Hebrew infinitives) and Isaiah 6.1-10. [MORE ON UNIT 3 INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT 4 - Adjectives, Translation and Poetry
This unit explores the one-third of the Old Testament that uses poetry through adjective forming, synonymous parallelism and paraphrasistic translation. Word studies that explore the breadth of meaning in Hebrew words relating to salvation are used. Hebrew Bible studies include Exodus 20; Amos 3; Isaiah 61. [MORE ON UNIT 4 INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT 5 - Hebrew in Prophecy, Wordplay, codes and mysticism
Here the nuances of Hebrew prophecy are explored along with ways in which rabbis, Matthew the gospel writer, early Christian apologists, recent Christian teachers and even 1990’s journalists (Michael Drosnin, The Bible Code) have understood Hebrew’s use of the same symbols for both numbers and letters. Apart from gematria, numerology and codes, the Biblical writers sometimes used wordplays in prophecy. We will examine Jeremiah, Amos and Hosea, amongst others. Jeremiah even used a secret code to talk about Babylon by swapping its letters with those at the other end of the alphabet, a system known as athbash. [MORE ON UNIT 5 INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT B - Bereshit (Genesis - 'beginning')
A new type of unit which is a verse by verse study through the Bible in Hebrew, beginning in Genesis. The first unit of this will be ready sometime in late 1999 and contains complete grammar and vocabulary and Strong's number detail of each verse as it arises. Grammar is re-taught and revised in situ and the Hebrew grammar commented on, then the verse is expounded according to Jewish, Rabbininc and early Christian sources. If you want a break from grammar or a gentle introduction then this unit supplements the main program or acts as a stand alone course. [MORE ON UNIT B INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT V - Verbs & Vocab
A vocabulary building unit including additional word studies, vocab lists based around frequency of occurrence and grammatical type, and verb tables for the various forms. [MORE ON UNIT V INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT W - Hebrew Word Study Collection
Additional in-depth Hebrew word Studies. Essays on the benefits and dangers of Hebrew Word Studies. [MORE ON UNIT W INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT T - Tehillim (Psalms)
In 1999 I will be developing a similar unit based around reading the Psalms and learning Hebrew in-depth as you go. [MORE ON UNIT T INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT N - Hebrew in the NT
Understanding the Hebrew idiom behind the NT. Especially, Matthew (originally written in Hebrew according to all early church sources), Peter, James and Revelation. Bible studies on Hebrew versions of the Lord's Prayer and the Beatitudes. [SEE ALSO: NEW TESTAMENT APPLICATION] [MORE ON UNIT N INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT E - Egyptian Hieroglyphs and the development of picture language
This unit helps one to see the development of writing and the pictoral rather than logical or alphabetic worldview. It also highlights the providence involved in Moses' education in Egypt and authoring of the Pentateuch. Texts are those of Egyptian inscriptions, such as Tut-ankh-amun's tomb and an Egyptian papyrus that purports to be a witness to the plagues. It is still a debatable issue as to why so little regarding Israel's time in Egypt is recorded from the Egyptian side. [SEE ALSO: EGYPTIAN AND HEBREW RELATIONSHIP] [MORE ON UNIT E INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]

UNIT A - Koranic Arabic for readers of Biblical Hebrew
Having mastered Hebrew basics Arabic becomes relatively easy, having the same structure, identical prepositions, 1000s of near-identical words. It also unlocks Hebrew further, as it has remained more unchanged than Hebrew over the same period. Passage studies are from the Koran. Word studies include the meaning of ‘Islam’ as 'peace and submission' from the same idea as shβlτm. Many key ideas are covered that can be used in dialogue and evangelism, including the unity of God and Abraham the Arab (he was father of Jew and Arab). Tranliterations and translations of Arabic are given into both English and Hebrew to keep the Hebrew well-practiced. [SEE ALSO: ARABIC AND HEBREW RELATIONSHIP] [MORE ON UNIT A INCLUDING SAMPLE PAGES]


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