Vocabulary

Audio recordings of the vocabulary for each chapter are available below. The purpose of these vocabulary recordings is to help students pronounce the Hebrew words. As a result, longer English definitions are not always recorded in full. Always work off the vocabulary lists in the Learning Biblical Hebrew Workbook.

Beginning Vocabulary

Beginning Reader—Joseph

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Intermediate Vocabulary

Intermediate Reader—Ruth, Jonah, Esther

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Grammar Cards

Some of the vocabulary lists in the Learning Biblical Hebrew Workbook include a section labeled “Grammar Cards” with items related to word formation. You can create grammar cards yourself or you can print out the PDF grammar cards that already contain these entries. Included in these “Grammar Cards” are the Qal paradigm and representative forms.

Vocabulary Database

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Additional Vocabulary Resources

  • LBH Vocab Quizlet
  • iFlash for Mac — This app for Mac is available for a free, 15-day trial. The companion iOS app, iFlash Touch, is free and can be used to view the vocabulary decks from the iFlash for Mac app.
    • LBH Vocab for iFlash for Mac — This iFlash deck of LBH vocab was prepared by one of our students. The “cards” have three sides. The first side is the Hebrew; the second side is the English gloss, and the third side is the card number (corresponding to the numbers from the VIS-ED Biblical Hebrew cards).
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Audio Files

Oral Readings

Each term we have our students focus on one or two passages that they practice reading aloud daily. The purpose of this assignment is to provide the students with the experience of reading biblical texts that feel familiar to them in Hebrew. The daily reading also helps provide muscle memory (tongue, jaw, voice, etc.)—a feature of language learning that is often overlooked. All oral reading assignments are provided here and have been recorded at two speeds: a slower speed to aid learning and a normal speed for practice. These recordings focus on inflection to foster reading with understanding.

Oral Readings (Suggested for Term 1) — LBH Workbook, page 361

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Oral Readings (Suggested for Term 2) — LBH Workbook, page 362–365

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Translation Exercises

In our classrooms we require that the student always read the text aloud. Reading the text aloud engages multiple senses (always a benefit in language learning) and trains the mind to begin to hear meaning. Otherwise, readers tend to only comprehend the text after they have converted the text to English (decoding). In other words, many students find comprehension from English rather than from Hebrew. Keep pushing yourself to read aloud with accuracy and comprehension before you translate. Allow yourself to start small. Pick one verse that you read over and over until you understand it while you are reading it. In verses with difficult syntax or tough vocabulary, you may choose to read aloud after you translate so that you feel more comfortable concentrating on meaning.
Note: The translation recordings include verse numbers. While this slightly interrupts the flow of the narrative, the verse numbers make it easier for readers to find their place in the recording.

Beginning Graded Hebrew Reader

Joseph Story—LBH Workbook

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Intermediate Biblical Hebrew Reader

Ruth, Jonah, Esther—LBH Workbook

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Additional Passages

Over the years, we have experimented with different texts for second-year Hebrew. Since audio files are available for these texts, we are making them available for your use.

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Grammatical Diagrams

The Learning Biblical Hebrew grammar includes an introduction to grammatical diagramming that we use in conjunction with the students’ translation of Jonah. Beginning with a completed project in chapter one, students progressively complete more and more stages of the diagramming process. Each exercise begins with a full set of instructions. Accompanying answer keys allow students to self-check and learn from their mistakes.

Grammatical Diagram Exercises

  • Diagram (Jonah 1) (Word)
  • Diagram (Jonah 2) (Word)
  • Diagram (Jonah 3) (Word)
  • Diagram (Jonah 4) (Word)
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Supplemental Student Helps

For students using the digital edition of the LBH Workbook, we have provided a PDF of the printable worksheets for personal use.

In preparing materials for the LBH Workbook, we created an additional exercise that did not make it into the first edition. At the beginning of second semester, as students return to class and launch into direct object suffixes, we felt that an exercise in parsing strong verbs would be helpful for review and consolidation of what the students know. We plan to roll this into subsequent editions, but for now, it is available here. Additional exercises and helps will be added here as they are developed.

Supplementary Readings

Occasionally, we mix up the in-class translations by having students sight-read material that introduces something fun in the classroom while demonstrating how much they have learned, topics of interest, or the broader scope of Hebrew. The resources below have been useful to us, and we hope that your students benefit as well. Additionally, we have included intermediate biblical texts (with notes and glosses) that you might find helpful for additional courses or supplementary reading.

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