Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 2

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Credits: 1

Prerequisite: none

Recommended: 8th grade through adult

This course is designed for high school students, but can be used by parents or as families. Please note that the use of this course, like the rest of Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool/High School, is FREE.

Welcome to our second-year course in Biblical Hebrew! This will be a full-year (180 lesson) course for students who are serious about learning the original language of the Hebrew Bible.  It is intended to be a continuation of our first-year Introduction to Biblical Hebrew course. We will continue to learn new grammatical concepts, acquire new vocabulary, practice reading verses, and start to explore the spiritual and historical significance of what we are learning. We will also practice using online Hebrew-language tools to enable students to continue reading the Hebrew Bible and improving their Hebrew skills after the conclusion of the course. As always, most lessons include a video by me (David Giles, husband of Easy Peasy creator Lee Giles) as well as other materials such as vocabulary lists, online flashcards, and worksheets.

I would love to hear from you! If you have any feedback/suggestions, please email me at eplanguagelive@gmail.com.

Lesson 1

  1. Welcome back to Hebrew! I hope you enjoy this second-year course. As always, please write to me anytime if you have any feedback.
  2. We’re going to start by talking a bit more about construct chains. But first, let’s review what we already know about them.
  3. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 3 (from Biblical Hebrew 1). We want to make sure we’re periodically seeing the words we’ve previously learned. Throughout the course we’ll also try to practice with verses which use vocabulary we already know.

Lesson 2

  1. I want to encourage you to take a little extra time and effort; pause me BEFORE I read the example verses aloud in the videos, and do your best to read the verses aloud yourself. Then you can check your reading against mine. At this stage you should be reading aloud often and getting more comfortable with it.
  2. Watch the video to practice construct chains a bit more with a new vocabulary word and some important expressions related to God’s presence.
  3. You can find a list of new vocabulary words from Lessons 2 – 10 on Lesson 10.

Lesson 3

  1. Watch the video for an introduction to definite construct chains and a new vocabulary word.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 4 (from Biblical Hebrew 1).

Lesson 4

  1. Watch the video for more on definite construct chains with proper nouns, and a new vocabulary word.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 5 (from Biblical Hebrew 1).

Lesson 5

  1. Watch the video for more on definite and indefinite construct chain stuff; and a new vocabulary word.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 6 (from Biblical Hebrew 1).

Lesson 6

  1. Watch the video to review definite vs. indefinite construct chains and vocabulary, using verses. There’s a verse in today’s lesson you may want to memorize in Hebrew!

Lesson 7

  1. Watch the video for an introduction to the idea of nominal sentences in Hebrew, and a new vocabulary word from Psalm 23.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 7 (from Biblical Hebrew 1).

Lesson 8

  1. Watch the video for more discussion of nominal sentences in Hebrew, and an important vocabulary item.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 8 (from Biblical Hebrew 1).

Lesson 9

  1. Watch the video for more discussion of nominal sentences (the 3 levels of definiteness), and a new vocabulary word.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 9 (from Biblical Hebrew 1).

Lesson 10*

  1. Watch the video for a bit more about nominal sentences and how they relate to construct chains, and a new vocabulary word of course!
  2. *Here is your vocabulary list for new vocabulary from Lessons 2-10. This is Vocabulary List 22. Note that the numbering of the vocabulary lists continues on from Biblical Hebrew 1 without starting over.
  3. Here are flashcards for Vocabulary List 22 .

Lesson 11

  1. Watch the video to review nominal sentences and our new vocabulary with verses.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 10.

Lesson 12

  1. Watch the video for a bit more review of nominal sentences and vocabulary with verses.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 11.

Lesson 13

  1. Watch the video to learn about “ethnic suffixes” and the Canaanites.
  2. Note that you can find Vocabulary List 23, with vocabulary from this lesson through Lesson 200, on Lesson 200.
  3. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 12.

Lesson 14

  1. Watch the video to practice more “ethnic suffixes” and read some verses about the Philistines.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 13.

Lesson 15

  1. We’re going to be learning an interesting new thing that Hebrew does with prepositions. But first, let’s review what we know so far about prepositions. Watch the video to review single-letter prefix prepositions.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 14.

Lesson 16

  1. Watch the video to review the full-word prepositions we know so far, and learn a new one.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 15.

Lesson 17

  1. Before you watch today’s video, take a few minutes to review the possessive endings we learned previously. You’ll need to have a good grasp of these to follow what we’re going to do with prepositions.
  2. Now watch the video to see what happens when we combine prepositions with the possessive endings.

Lesson 18

  1. Watch the video for some examples of verses using the preposition + possessive ending combination we learned about in the last lesson.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 16.

Lesson 19

  1. Watch the video for some verses showing some of the issues involved in understanding and translating prepositions in Hebrew. We’ll also learn a new preposition.
  2. Review these flashcards from Vocabulary List 17.

Lesson 20*

  1. Watch the video to clear up some confusion on small similar-sounding words we’ve come across, and to add a few more new words to the mix!
  2. *Here is a list of the small confusing words we covered in today’s lesson, for your reference. Notice especially the differences in alef vs. ayin, and in tsere vs. segol.
  3. *This is the list of new vocabulary terms from Lessons 13 – 20. This is Vocabulary List 23.
  4. Here are flashcards for Vocabulary List 23.

Lesson 21

  1. Watch the video for a few new vocabulary words with example verses, and a mini current events lesson!
  2. Your vocabulary list for this section will be found on Lesson 24.

Lesson 22

  1. Watch the video for a couple more new vocabulary words, with example verses.

Lesson 203

  1. Watch the video for a few more useful vocabulary items, with verses.

Lesson 24*

  1. Watch the video to review our recent vocabulary words.
  2. *Here is your Vocabulary List 24, with words from Lessons 21 – 23.
  3. Here are your flashcards for Vocabulary List 24.
  4. For extra practice, write the new words out in Hebrew at least one time each.

Lesson 25

  1. It’s time to dive into verbs! Watch the video for an introduction to Hebrew verbs and the QATAL conjugation. We’ll also review all the verbs we know so far.
  2. Review these flashcards on verbs from Vocabulary List 19.

Lesson 26

  1. Watch the video to learn about the he/she forms for the QATAL conjugation. We’ll also learn a new common verb.
  2. Take a moment to review the personal pronouns we learned earlier. You’ll find that the QATAL suffixes sometimes remind you of the personal pronouns.
  3. FYI, in Lesson 31 you will find a chart of all the QATAL forms we’ll be learning.
  4. In Lesson 34 you’ll find Vocabulary List 25 for words from lessons 26 to 34.

Lesson 27

  1. Watch the video to learn about the I/we forms for the QATAL conjugation. We’ll also learn a new verb.
  2. Take another moment to review the personal pronouns we learned earlier. Especially compare the personal pronouns “I” and “We” to the QATAL endings we learned today. What are the similarities? How are they different from each other?

Lesson 28

  1. Watch the video to learn about the singular “you” forms of QATAL. We’ll also learn a new verb.
  2. Take another moment to review the personal pronouns we learned earlier. Especially compare the singular personal pronouns meaning “you” to the QATAL endings we learned today. What are the similarities? How are they different from each other?

Lesson 29

  1. Watch the video to learn about the plural “you” forms of QATAL. We’ll also learn a new verb.

Lesson 30

  1. Watch the video to learn the “they” form of QATAL. This is your last QATAL form! You’ll also learn a new verb in today’s lesson.

Lesson 31*

  1. Watch the video to review the personal suffixes of the QATAL forms.
  2. *Here is a chart of all the QATAL forms of the verb הָלַךְ to help you review their form, pronunciation, and meaning.
  3. *You can print this sheet and practice writing (and saying) the different QATAL forms.

Lesson 32

  1. Watch the video to review different QATAL forms for some of the verbs we’ve learned so far.

Lesson 33

  1. Watch the video to learn more about translating the QATAL conjugation, and learn a new verb.

Lesson 34

  1. Watch the video to learn two new verbs and the Hebrew word for “grace.”

Lesson 35*

  1. Watch the video to practice our QATAL verb forms with verse snippets.
  2. *Here is your Vocabulary List 25, with new words from Lessons 26 through 34.
  3. Here are your flashcards for Vocabulary List 25.

Lesson 36

  1. Watch the video for an introduction to demonstrative pronouns.

Lesson 37

  1. Watch the video to continue learning about demonstrative pronouns.

Lesson 38

  1. Watch the video to learn about the plural form of the demonstrative pronoun.

Lesson 39

  1. Watch the video to review all the forms of the demonstrative pronoun we’ve covered (this/these), and learn an important word.

Lesson 40

  1. It’s time for a new verb conjugation! We’ll start talking about the YIQTOL conjugation today. Watch the video to learn what YIQTOL is and learn a useful new verb.

Lesson 41

  1. Watch the video to dive into the first of the YIQTOL forms (the “he” form). We’ll also quickly review the difference between QATAL and YIQTOL, and learn a new verb.
  2. Please feel free to write to me at eplanguagelive@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or suggestions! I’d love to know that you’ve gotten this far in the course and how you are feeling about it.

Lesson 42

  1. Watch the video to learn the “she” form in the YIQTOL conjugation, along with a new verb.

Lesson 43

  1. Watch the video to learn the “I” and “we” forms of the YIQTOL conjugation, along with a new verb.

Lesson 44

  1. Watch the video to learn the singular “you” forms of the YIQTOL conjugation, and a new verb.

Lesson 45

  1. Watch the video to learn the plural “you” forms of the YIQTOL conjugation, and a new verb that may be the source of your name or that of someone you know!

Lesson 46

  1. Watch the video to learn the “they” forms of the YIQTOL conjugation. We’ll also learn how to say “what” in Hebrew.

Lesson 47*

  1. Watch the video to review all the YIQTOL forms of the verb meaning “to reign.” We’ll also practice saying them using the example root letters.
  2. *Here is a chart of all the YIQTOL forms using “to reign” as our example verb. As you learn these forms, focus on the prefixes and suffixes, and note carefully which forms are identical with each other.
  3. Here is your Vocabulary List 26 (Lessons 36-46).
  4. Here are your flashcards for Vocabulary List 26 (Lessons 36-46).

Lesson 48*

  1. *Print this worksheet and for each YIQTOL form, you will identify the person (subject of the verb), the root, and a possible translation for the form. You can refer to your vocabulary lists and your YIQTOL chart. If there are two possible translations for a given form, please write both.
  2. Watch the video to go over the answers to the worksheet.

Lesson 49

  1. Watch the video to review the QATAL forms and compare them with the YIQTOL forms.
  2. Get out your QATAL and YIQTOL charts you’ve hopefully printed, and make sure you’re very familiar with the forms. You can quiz yourself by covering up random forms and saying them aloud.

Lesson 50

  1. Watch the video to practice with both QATAL and YIQTOL forms together.
  2. Now go back and write all the QATAL and YIQTOL verbs from the video on a sheet of paper (in Hebrew letters of course). For each, circle any prefixes or suffixes, and write next to it whether it is QATAL or YIQTOL, and write the verb root (which will be three consonants).

Lesson 51

  1. Watch the video to practice verses with assorted QATAL and YIQTOL forms. Listen carefully for the word “shofar”!
  2. Now go back and write all the QATAL and YIQTOL verb I gave you in the video on a sheet of paper. Circle any prefixes or suffixes, write next to it QATAL or YIQTOL, and write the verb root next to it. If you have any trouble, listening to the video again should hopefully give you the information/clues you need to complete this.

Lesson 52

  1. Watch the video on the interrogative hei, with a little talk on sacrifice in the Bible.

Lesson 53

  1. Watch the video for more examples of interrogative hei, and a new vocabulary word.

Lesson 54

  1. Watch the video for an introduction to the mind-blowing WAYYIQTOL form.
  2. You might be wondering why we spell the name of this form with a “w” but we pronounce it as “v.” There’s not really any good reason for that; the “w” spelling just seems to be the traditional way to spell it in English.

Lesson 55

  1. Watch the video for some review and practice with WAYYIQTOL and a new verb!

Lesson 56

  1. Watch the video to practice WAYYIQTOL with verses, and learn a new verb.

Lesson 57

  1. Watch the video for an introduction to the fourth conjugation, the WEQATAL conjugation! And a new verb, of course.

Lesson 58

  1. Watch the video to practice WEQATAL with a good “spiritual warfare” verse spoken by David to Goliath and the Philistines.

Lesson 59

  1. Watch the video to practice WEQATAL and WAYYIQTOL and two new vocabulary words.

Lesson 60*

  1. Watch the video for a little more practice with WEQATAL and WAYYIQTOL and two new vocabulary words.
  2. *Here is vocabulary list number 27 (Lessons 52 – 60).
  3. Here are your flashcards for Vocabulary List 27 (Lessons 52 – 60).
  4. Here is a fun worksheet to practice words from List 27. You may want to print this for future review.

Lesson 61

  1. Over the next four lessons, we’re going to be focusing on Psalm 19:14. We want to memorize it in Hebrew and learn five new words encountered in the verse. Here is a song you may enjoy from the Messianic group we heard from previously. The verse we are memorizing is included as part of the lyrics of the song, so feel free to use the song as an aid to memorization.
  2. Watch the video for an introduction to the Hebrew text of the verse and to your first two new words.
  3. Note that the vocabulary list for Lessons 61 – 70 will be found in Lesson 70.

Lesson 62

  1. Watch the video to continue memorizing Psalm 19:14 and to learn two more new words.
  2. You can use the song to help you with memorization if you want.

Lesson 63

  1. Watch the video to finish memorizing Psalm 19:14 and learn one new word.
  2. You can use the song to help you with memorization if you want.

Lesson 64

  1. Watch the video for some help practicing the whole verse (Psalm 19:14).
  2. Again, you can use the song to help you if you want.

Lesson 65

  1. Watch the video for an introduction to object suffixes.
  2. If you want to review the possessive suffixes (which are similar to the object suffixes we’re learning now), you can do so with this chart. This is the same chart you saw earlier when we were learning possessive suffixes.

Lesson 66

  1. Watch the video to learn the “you” forms of the object suffixes, and a useful vocabulary word.

Lesson 67

  1. Watch the video to learn the “he,” “she,” and “they” forms of the object suffixes, and a vocabulary word.

Lesson 68

  1. Watch the video to review object suffixes and compare/contrast them with other suffixes. You’ll also learn Hebrew words for “help.”

Lesson 69

  1. Watch the video for a look at the name “Ebenezer” and some words involving glory.

Lesson 70*

  1. Watch the video for three new vocabulary words!
  2. *Here is your vocabulary list for Lessons 61 – 70 (Vocabulary List 28).
  3. Here are your flashcards for Vocabulary List 28 (Lessons 61 – 70).

Lesson 71

  1. Watch the video for an introduction to adding suffixes onto direct object markers. Hebrew is fun like that. You can add suffixes onto just about anything!
  2. If you’d like some extra practice with the normal “et” definite direct object marker, without any suffixes, here’s a fun way to do it. You can watch this video from Aleph with Beth for some practice entirely in Hebrew. You should know a lot of the words, but don’t worry if there are some you don’t know. Just try to observe how “et” indicates that a DEFINITE direct object follows, and try to pronounce aloud what you’re hearing! Here’s a little hint: the word “yesh” which you’ll hear in the video means “there is.”

Lesson 72

  1. Watch the video to practice more with adding suffixes to direct object markers.
  2. Today we read Exodus 8:28, where we saw the word בַּמִּדְבָּר (bamidbar), meaning “in the wilderness/desert.” If you like, you can listen to this song called “Bamidbar” by the Messianic Israeli group we met earlier. See how much of the Hebrew you can figure out, and enjoy the cool drone footage of Israel!

Lesson 73*

  1. *Let’s practice that suffixes-on-direct-object-marker thing with a worksheet. Please take time to read the verses aloud yourself. It may be a struggle and you may feel unsure about how to pronounce some words, but I promise that if you regularly try to read aloud you will improve a lot! Also try to pay attention to the other words in the verses. There will be some that you already know.
  2. After you’ve tried your best to find the suffixed direct object markers, watch this very short video to check your answers.

Lesson 74

  1. Quickly review your possessive endings to get ready for our next section.
  2. Now watch the video on PLURAL possessive endings.
  3. I’ll be giving you a chart of all the plural possessive endings in Lesson 78.

Lesson 75

  1. Watch the video on the “you” forms of the PLURAL possessive endings. You’ll also learn the verb for rejoicing! Make sure you take a moment to rejoice before the Lord.

This is still in progress. I hope to continue making lessons as I am able.