Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

Lesson 1

  1. Listen to Mr. G’s introductory video.
  2. Watch this short video on how the ancient Phoenician alphabet evolved into the Hebrew alphabet, and later into the Greek and Latin alphabets.
  3. Please note that we will NOT be introducing the Hebrew letters in their proper order. We will have a lesson later on the order of the Hebrew letters, the “alef-bet” or alphabet.

Lesson 2* (Note that an asterisk * indicates that there is a worksheet to print for this lesson)

  1. Listen to the video on the first two letters we are learning: alef and lamed.
  2. *Practice writing the alef with this worksheet.
  3. If you are interested in more detailed information on the alef, look at hebrew4christians.
  4. *Practice writing the lamed with this worksheet. Then, look at the Hebrew writing below the lamed and circle any alefs and lameds you see.
  5. If you are interested in more detailed information on the lamed, you can look at hebrew4christians.
  6. *If you would like, you can go now to Lesson 6 and print the list of vocabulary we’ll be learning over this first week. You can use it as a reference to practice the words that you are introduced to each day in the video. This is optional; if you don’t do it now, you will print it on Lesson 6. If you do choose to print now, do not work ahead; just stick with the two words you have been introduced to that day.

Lesson 3*

  1. Listen to the video on the next two letters we’ll be learning: hey and resh.
  2. *Practice writing hey with this worksheet.
  3. If you are interested in more detailed information on hey, look at hebrew4christians.
  4. *Practice writing resh with this worksheet.
  5. If you are interested in more detailed information on the resh, you can look at hebrew4christians.

Lesson 4*

  1. Listen to the video on our next letter: mem.
  2. *Practice writing mem with this worksheet. And don’t forget to practice the version of mem that comes at the end of the word; here it is again (mem sofit):
  3. If you are interested in more detailed information on mem, look at hebrew4christians.

Lesson 5*

  1. Listen to the video on the next letter: nun.
  2. *Practice writing nun with this worksheet. And don’t forget to practice the form of nun that comes at the end of a word; here it is again (nun sofit):
  3. If you are interested in more detailed information on nun, look at hebrew4christians.

Lesson 6*

  1. Today is Review Day! Watch the video to review letters and vocabulary we’ve covered so far.
  2. *If you have not done so already, you can print this list of vocabulary from Lessons 2-5 (Week 1). Use it for reference, and I would suggest you continue to review a few words every day, even as you continue with new lessons. Copy the words several times (using Hebrew letters, not English) and pronounce them as you do so. You can refer to past worksheets to remind you how to handwrite the letters.

Lesson 7*

  1. Listen to the video on our next letter: Ḥet (also sometimes spelled Chet). Don’t confuse this letter with hei!
  2. *Practice writing Ḥet with this worksheet.
  3. If you are interested in more detailed information about Ḥet, look at hebrew4christians.

Lesson 8*

  1. Listen to the video on our next letter: ayin.
  2. *Practice writing ayin with this worksheet.
  3. If you are interested in more detailed information about ayin, look at hebrew4christians.

Lesson 9*

  1. Listen to the video on our next group of letters: bet and vet. Note that these are actually considered to be a single letter. With a dot, it has a “b” sound, but without a dot, it has a “v” sound.
  2. *Practice writing bet/vet with this worksheet.
  3. If you are interested in more detailed information about bet/vet, look at hebrew4christians.

Lesson 10*

  1. Watch the video on the next letter, dalet.
  2. *Practice writing dalet with this worksheet.
  3. If you are interested in more detailed information about dalet, look at hebrew4christians.

Lesson 11*

  1. Watch the second week review video to review letters and new words we’ve learned over the past week.
  2. *Once again, if you have not done so already, you can print this list of vocabulary from Lessons 7-10 (Week 2). Use it for reference, and I would suggest you continue to review a few words every day, even as you continue with new lessons. Copy the words several times (using Hebrew letters, not English) and pronounce them as you do so. You can refer to past worksheets to remind you how to handwrite the letters.
  3. *If you wish you can print this page containing the three verses (or portions of verses) given in the video, to practice finding familiar words. This activity will get more interesting in weeks to c0me as we learn more words.