Classical Hebrew Fundamentals
Know How to Read Hebrew But Don't Understand a Word? Let's Change That!
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IS THIS LEVEL RIGHT FOR YOU?
The course is for students who already recognize the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and who can read words aloud, even haltingly.
By the end of this course, you will know how to:
- Recognize masculine and feminine nouns
- Begin identifying nouns in biblical passages
- Appreciate why Hebrew vowels are important
- Learn some fun facts about the letters of the alphabet
- Build up a vocabulary of over 80 of the most common words in the Bible
- Recognize prepositions and how they attach to nouns
- Identify adjectives in biblical passages
- Recognize the basic verb form
- Work through verses of a biblical text with guided facilitation
- Feel confident that you can learn biblical Hebrew online!!
If you can translate the following with ease, then you should look at my more advanced courses:
שָׁלַח הַכֹּהֵן אֶת-הָאִשָּׁה לַמֶּלֶךְ בָּעִיר
"Tamar is an incredibly knowledgeable, patient, kind, and passionate educator. She turned Biblical Hebrew tutoring, something I was nervous to take on, into an in-depth text study opportunity that transformed my relationship with the Book of Ruth. Tamar makes the nuts and bolts of Biblical Hebrew relevant and interesting to Jewish life and learning. - Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg
You'd have to pay between $500-$1,500 to cover this material in a college course and it wouldn't be as fun as this experience!
Tamar Kamionkowski is professor of Bible at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she has been training rabbinical students for over 20 years. She holds a B.A from Oberlin College, an M.T.S from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D in Near Eastern and Judaic studies from Brandeis University.
Tamar is the author of Leviticus: A Wisdom Commentary (Liturgical Press, 2018), Gender Reversal and Cosmic Chaos: Studies in the Book of Ezekiel (Sheffield Academic Press, 2003) and co-editor of Bodies, Embodiment and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures (T&T Clark, 2010
Tamar loves scifi, DIY projects, both Marvel and DC, and most of all, Tamar loves her partner, her two daughters and her dogs!
For over 25 years, Tamar has been committed to making Jewish literacy accessible to all kinds of learners.
PreviewNouns: Looking for Gender Fluidity? Forget about It! (3:40)
PreviewScreencast: Feminine Verbs in Singular and Plural (7:07)
PreviewScreencast: Masculine Nouns in Singular and Plural (8:36)
PreviewVocabulary List (4:21)
PreviewText Study: When Gendered Nouns Can be Interesting (4:27)
StartWhy Knowing the Vowels Makes Hebrew More Fun (6:57)
StartScreencast: What Are the Vowels and How Do They Work (I) (10:17)
StartScreencast: What Are the Vowels and How Do They Work (II) (8:58)
PreviewScreencast: What Are the Vowels and How Do They Work (III) (10:49)
StartExercise Walk Through
StartText Study: Vowels in Action (4:20)
StartResource: Vowel Chart
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