Following is a link to the online class I offer, along with other resources I have found very helpful for learning biblical Hebrew. (The links below will open the referred-to websites in a new window.)
Beginning Words in Biblical Hebrew — (For beginners) I created this self-paced online video course for beginners (no prior experience needed), who wish to learn the Hebrew alphabet and some basic words in biblical Hebrew from the Old Testament. You’ll learn the Hebrew alphabet, 40 Hebrew words from the Bible, 4 short Bible verses and a blessing in Hebrew, and 8 names from the Bible. If you’ve been curious about biblical Hebrew words, this is a great place to ease in and explore.
STEP Bible Online — (For beginners) This free online Bible offers a simple way to become familiar with Hebrew words in the Bible and their basic meanings. You can hover over a word in English and see the word in Hebrew. (Same with Greek in the New Testament.) You can also compare side-by-side English translations and view some commentaries for certain verses. The STEP Bible is a starting point and doesn’t replace looking up words in the Hebrew lexicon for verse-specific meaning. But the STEP Bible helps you get used to looking at Hebrew words and gives a general sense of meaning, so you can start learning to recognize words in the Hebrew Bible. The STEP Bible is also available in a free app. And it’s from a reliable source, Tyndale House.
Bible Hub (Hebrew Text Analysis) — (For beginners) If you Google a verse from the Old Testament and follow that with “Hebrew Text Analysis,” you’ll find a page from Bible Hub that gives you the English and Hebrew words in that verse, along with a Strong’s link to show you the Hebrew root word (lexical form), as well as the lexicon entries to look up the meaning of a Hebrew word in that verse. I don’t recommend relying solely on this resource, as you may encounter some errors, or some words may not be defined. It’s better to use a print lexicon like the Holladay lexicon. But I like Bible Hub as a simple starting place to get an idea of the Hebrew word or Bible verse I want to understand.
Quizlet — (For intermediate through advanced) Quizlet is a free website (also available as an app) where you can find sets of flashcards to review words in biblical Hebrew. Some professors have posted really good, comprehensive sets of flashcards for first-year biblical Hebrew. You can use the electronic flashcards to learn the words and their glosses (basic meanings). You can also play a match game (my favorite way to study), where you see how quickly you can match the biblical Hebrew word with its gloss (basic meaning). Of course, these flashcards are made by Quizlet users, so they are subject to error. But I’ve found some great professor-generated sets that are really helpful. You might even find a set of flashcards that matches with chapters of the biblical Hebrew textbook you’re using. (If you’re into biblical Greek, you can find those flashcards on Quizlet as well.)
Daily Dose of Hebrew — (For intermediate through advanced) These are free, short, daily videos that show you a verse in Hebrew from the Old Testament. The teacher readers the verse in Hebrew, then reviews whatever grammar or other significant language-related issues you’ll find in that verse. These videos are a great way to review the biblical Hebrew you’ve learned, and to dive deeper as you grow. You can also sign up to have these videos sent to your email each day. That’s a great way to set aside a few minutes each day to keep your biblical Hebrew refreshed. (Daily Dose is also available in Greek, Aramaic, and Latin.)
Murray Vasser’s Greek and Hebrew — (For intermediate through advanced) This website is truly one of my favorites for reviewing biblical Hebrew (and Greek). For a nominal subscription fee, you can get a year’s access to verse-by-verse quizzes, where you read the verse in Hebrew and answer a few multiple-choice (easy click) questions about grammar, including verb parsing. At the end of the quiz, you get a link to the short Daily Dose of Hebrew video for that verse, where you can review what you just encountered in your quiz. What a great way to learn, review, and keep biblical Hebrew fresh in your mind. Sign up for free, and some modules are free, so you can try it out. The paid subscription gets you access to all the Hebrew modules (or you can get a Hebrew-Greek combo). If you’re interested in biblical Greek, you’ll find even more Greek resources available on this website, including lessons and vocab by passage.
Or you might like to read some of the mini lessons on the Biblical Hebrew Lessons page.
And remember that I offer a self-paced online course created for people just starting out in biblical Hebrew: Beginning Words in Biblical Hebrew. No prior experience is required. In this course, we learn the alphabet and some words from the Hebrew Bible, along with a few Bible verses and names in Hebrew. Come on in! (This link opens a new window at the Adventures with God online school.)
Whichever direction you take, I want to encourage you that you definitely can learn words in biblical Hebrew. So keep pursuing your interest in biblical Hebrew. It’s worth the effort. I know you will be blessed by the richness of meaning of Hebrew words in the Bible. Shalom!
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