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

  • 11 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar: Third Edition 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: Third Edition.

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

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 Verbs

  • Qal Perfect Weak Verbs

  • Qal Imerfect Strong Verbs

  • Qal Imperfect Weak Verbs

  • Waw Consecutive



Basics of Biblical Hebrew 2 Outline

  • Qal Imperative

  • Pronominal Suffixes on Verbs

  • Qal Infinitive Construct and Absolute

  • Qal Participle

  • Sentence Syntax

  • The Niphal Stem Strong Verbs

  • The Niphal Stem Weak Verbs

  • The Hiphil Stem Strong Verbs

  • The Hiphil Stem Weak Verbs

  • The Hophal Stem Strong and Weak Verbs

  • The Piel Stem Strong Verbs

  • The Piel Stem Weak Verbs

  • The Pual Stem Strong Verbs

  • The Pual Stem Weak Verbs

  • The Hithpael Stem Strong and Weak Verbs

  • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

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