Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1

Taught by Gary D. Pratico, Miles Van Pelt

Part of a two-course series, Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1 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

  • 16 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

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1 is the first part of a two-course series designed to introduce you to the Hebrew language of the Old Testament.

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 course, you’ll 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
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and cutting-edge vocabulary building tools

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 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.

Course 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



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