The Living Biblical Hebrew three part set is a unique and efficient introduction to Biblical Hebrew and is equivalent to a one and one-half year college-level course. The student enters a world of Biblical Hebrew and begins to interact with the language directly, without the mediation of a second language. It is designed to be self-teaching from a high school level and higher. It is also highly beneficial for undergraduate and graduate courses.
Introduction Part One with 1 MP3 CD
Coil-bound paperback: 193 pages
Part One starts at an absolute beginning level and leads a student into thinking in the language right from the start. It uses 1000 pictures with accompanying audio tracks to provide an immersion environment for learning Biblical Hebrew. The pictures are described in Biblical Hebrew beginning with simple words, before progressing to phrases, full sentences, and eventually short story sequences, all in the language. In this way, the student is exposed to the breadth of the language (including singular and plural nouns, participles, qatal, wayyiqtol, imperative, number and gender concord, 235 lexical items and 705 forms).
Note: Part One is highly recommend both for beginning students in any program as a complement to whatever curriculum they are using, and also for more advanced students, even instructors, who have never experienced or practiced thinking directly in the language.
Part One also teaches the alphabet through listening discovery, introduces the writing system, and has a section summarizing the grammar. All the descriptions of the 1000 pictures are transcribed in fully vocalized Biblical Hebrew so that a student learns to correctly spell what they have already learned to understand.
This is the recommended prerequisite to Living Biblical Hebrew, Introduction Part 2
To see how you can learn twenty vocabulary items in under 10 mns almost effortlessly, see our Hebrew Demo Lesson which is the first chapter of this book in video format (see next item).
To purchase this together with Living Biblical Hebrew, Introduction Part 2, see Living Biblical Hebrew (Set) options below.
Introduction Part One MP4 version (beta) NEW
Format: CD with mp4 and pdf files
Now experience the effectiveness of Part One’s 1000 pictures without the book. This version of Part One includes the same audio and visual material in mp4 format that plays on iPod™ and other mp4 players. Along with the benefit of extra portability, this version has the enhanced feature of automatic answers for the quizzes and alphabet lists. So there’s no more flipping pages to correct yourself. Plus all other resource materials found in the book, like the grammar summaries and writing system overview, are included as pdf files. Whether on your computer or other hand held devices, now you can study Biblical Hebrew wherever you go.
To see how you can learn twenty vocabulary items in under 10 mns almost effortlessly, see our Hebrew Demo Lesson which is the first lesson of this CD.
Living Biblical Hebrew Part One (both book/CD and MP4 Version)
Introduction Part Two with 1 MP3 CD
Coil-bound paperback: 343 Pages
Part Two, which comes with more than 10 hours of audio material, is a kind of “home language lab” appropriate for self-learning from a high school level and higher. It covers the book of Jonah with ten dialogs that parallel the biblical text. More than 300 audio tracks, including substitution drills, vocabulary introduction, dialogs, and readings introduce and reinforce the learning at the speed of speech enabling long-lasting internalization of the language. The Shma (Dt 6:4-9) along with other scripture is memorized.
All Hebrew vocabulary, dialogues, and texts are glossed in English and grammatical explanations are in English. Part Two also contains a full explanation of Biblical Hebrew’s morphology and syntax. As a bonus for discriminating students, there are extensive footnotes throughout that deal with the development of the language and the stylistic functions of Biblical Hebrew structures, many of which are typically only covered in advanced grammar books.
Living Biblical Hebrew (Set)
Selected Readings with 500 Friends with 1 MP3 CD
Coil-bound paperback: 191 pages
Selected Readings helps you take the next step in your Biblical Hebrew journey. It is designed to internalize the language further by exposing the student to longer passages of the Hebrew Bible so as to increase the student’s reading speed and ease the transition to a fluent reading of the Hebrew Bible.
It begins with a helpful review of the 500 most common words in the Hebrew Bible, such as is not found in any other lexical aid. Not only is an English gloss provided for each word, but the various forms that are necessary for internalization are also given, accompanied by quotations from the Bible as examples of the word’s actual usage in context. Footnotes throughout the rest of the book provide much the same for all the words not among these “500 friends.”
Well-known Israeli newscaster, Yitzhak Eitan, and radio host, Michal Shmueli read the selections of Creation (Gen 1:1-2:3), Sinai (Ex 19:1-20), the Aqeda (Gen 22), Ruth, Psalms 8, 23, 150, Prov 3:1-8, and the Sh’ma (Deu 6:4-9). Special training recordings prepare a student to understand whole chapters when read at normal speeds. Finally, footnotes provide information on the structure of the language that increase the student’s sensitivities to its nuances.
The accent systems of Hebrew are introduced. Selected Readings also contains an extensive chapter on the “Hebrew Verb” presenting the full scope of the functions of the Hebrew tense-aspect-mood system.
Note: This books is an ideal companion to any second year program that seeks to move beyond analysis of the language in order to emphasize quick and fluent reading of the Hebrew Bible. Even on its own, Selected Readings can be used as a reader to enable students to interact with longer texts in less time than if they had to do so with the help of lexicons. This is key, since being able to interact with as much text as possible, both visually and aurally, is a necessary component for an efficient internalizing the language.