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Introduction Parts One and Two
Introduction Part One with 1 MP3 CD
Coil-bound paperback: 193 pages
Product dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.5 inches
Audio: about 3 hours
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).
Introduction Part Two with 1 MP3 CD
Coil-bound paperback: 343 Pages
Product dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 1 inches
Audio: about 11 hours
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.