Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1 & 2

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1 & 2

Taught by Gary D. Pratico, Miles V. Van Pelt

Learn to read the Old Testament in Hebrew.

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1 & 2 will introduce you to the vocabulary and grammar of classical Hebrew, so you can begin studying the Old Testament in its original language.

Course Details

  • 32 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 18.5 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar by Miles Van Pelt and Gary D. Pratico

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Course Description

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Using the best inductive and deductive approaches to classical language, Basics of Biblical Hebrew uses actual examples from the Hebrew Old Testament rather than made-up illustrations and emphasizes understanding the structural pattern of the Hebrew language rather than rote memorization.

Designed for self-learners and academic students looking to refresh their knowledge of Hebrew, this course is supported by the best-selling textbook Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar.

All course material—instructional videos, readings, practice exercises, quizzes, and vocabulary review—is available online for study at your own convenience.

By completing this 2-course sequence, you will gain:

  • a firm grasp on the building blocks of Old Testament Hebrew, including the Hebrew alphabet, numerical system, pronunciation, and punctuation
  • foundational knowledge of Hebrew nouns, prepositions, adjectives, pronouns, and other parts of speech
  • an introduction to Hebrew verb forms
  • the foundational knowledge required to begin studying the Old Testament in its original Hebrew
  • deeper familiarity with and knowledge of the building blocks of classical Hebrew, including sentence syntax
  • more extensive knowledge of Hebrew verbs and their various forms

How this course helps you succeed in learning Hebrew:

Work at your own pace.

Take as much time as you need to work through each lesson—up to 12 months. We’ll walk you through every lesson, step-by-step, to make sure you understand each concept before you move on. Pause and rewind video lectures, work through the review sessions as many times as you’d like, and study at the times of day that work best for you. With this program, you’ll get the flexibility to learn in a way that’s best for you.

Learn from seasoned teachers and scholars.

Your instructor is Miles Van Pelt, author of the most widely used Hebrew grammar, Basics of Biblical Hebrew. Dr. Van Pelt has taught Hebrew for decades both in traditional classroom settings and online. Everything in the course has been expertly designed and time-tested. Thousands of students have learned to read the Bible in the original languages using these materials—and now you can, too.

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Take advantage of the most sophisticated adaptive learning technology ever developed for language acquisition. As part of your enrollment, you’ll get access to review tools that have been used around the world by language learners of all ages and abilities.

Get digital access to all course materials—anytime, anywhere.

Get access to dozens of hours of video materials, plus all textbook readings, exercises, quizzes, and more. The lessons and learning materials have been adapted from the Basics of Biblical Hebrew, used by thousands of students to learn Hebrew.

Begin working in the languages the very first day.

In just a few hours from now, you'll have learned the alphabet and basic pronunciation.

Get started today!

Meet Your Instructors

Gary D. Pratico

Th.D., Harvard Divinity School

Gary D. Pratico is professor of Old Testament and director of the Hebrew language program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been teaching Hebrew for nearly thirty years. 

Miles V. Van Pelt

Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Miles Van Pelt is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Director of Summer Institute for Biblical Languages, and Academic Dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1 Outline

  • Hebrew Alphabet and Hebrew Vowels

  • Syllabification and Pronunciation

  • Hebrew Nouns

  • Definite Article and Conjunction Waw

  • Hebrew Prepositions

  • Hebrew Adjectives

  • Hebrew Pronouns

  • Hebrew Pronominal Suffixes

  • Hebrew Construct Chain

  • Hebrew Numbers

  • Introduction to Hebrew Verbs

  • Qal Perfect – Strong

  • Qal Perfect – Weak

  • Qal Imperfect – Strong

  • Qal Imperfect – Weak

  • Waw Consecutive



Basics of Biblical Hebrew 2 Outline

  • Qal Imperative, Cohortative, Jussive

  • Pronominal Suffixes on Verbs

  • Qal Infinitive [Construct and Absolute]

  • Qal Participle

  • Issues of Sentence Syntax

  • Niphal – Strong

  • Niphal – Weak

  • Piel – Strong

  • Piel – Weak

  • Pual – Strong

  • Pual – Weak

  • Hiphil – Strong

  • Hiphil – Weak

  • Hophal – Strong and Weak

  • Hitphael – Strong and Weak

  • Conclusion



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