BIBLICAL HEBREW made easy
This course has been developed from class teaching and includes the ideas and requests for simplification, explanation or expansion, of a number of students. Students have ranged from 9 year olds to pensioners, unqualified school leavers to graduates. No prior foreign or Biblical language study is necessary, indeed, it is a positive advantage!
After some years of furthering my own knowledge and application of Biblical Hebrew by ongoing self-study I realised how easy it was, yet how daunting to others when first faced with a completely foreign alphabet and an incomprehensible grammar book.
Because of this the course aims to simplify without watering down and to explain without patronising. Furthermore, it aims to make learning the language fun and worldview changing. You will begin to think like an ancient Hebrew, making no distinction between past, present and future, instead concentrating on completion and fulfilment. But first you must brave the new alphabet.
In fact the word alphabet comes from alpha-beta the first two Greek letters, which in turn came from the first two Hebrew-Phoenician letters aleph and bet[h]. So now you know two letters. However, whilst the Greek letter names were meaningless the Hebrew ones stood for ‘ox’ and ‘house’ (as in Beth-lehem - ‘house of bread’). Other Hebrew letters all had words and word pictures associated with them. They were closer to Egyptian hieroglyph letter-words than to European symbols without meaning. For instance no less than 7 letters represent parts of the body, for example, resh/rosh ‘R’ is ‘head’ as in Rosh Hashanah, New Year, literally ‘head of the year’. Another 5 represent animals as for example, gimel, ‘G’, a camel. MORE ON THE ALPHABET
In the first century the Rabbis used the associations of the letters and their actual graphical shapes to teach young children both the alphabet, Scripture and day to day morals. Some of these 2000 year old lessons are included in the course.
"With the playfulness of children and the minds of scholars we create miracles"
WORDS: A NEW WAY OF THINKING
A number of Hebrew words are also looked at as in-depth word studies which uncover the breadth of meaning in a single Hebrew word. Words include the Hebrew equivalents of ‘word’, ‘law’, ‘secret’, ‘seek, study’, ‘way’, ‘faith’, ‘truth’, ‘mind, heart, soul, spirit’, ‘hear, understand, obey’, ‘peace’, ‘righteousness’, ‘salvation’, ‘eternity’, ‘fulness’, ‘knowledge’, ‘poverty’, ‘blessing’, ‘altar, sacrifice’, ‘teach’.
PASSAGES: AN IN-DEPTH APPROACH
The course uses in-depth Bible passage study from an early stage so that you will become familiar with such passages as: Deuteronomy 6.4-7; Proverbs 1.1-6; Amos 3.3-8; Isaiah 6 & 61; Genesis 1 & 49; Exodus 20; the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes (from a Hebrew New Testament - after all Jesus didn’t give his teaching in Greek).