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History of the Hebrew Language

Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student’s Guide to Nouns in the Old Testament

is an innovative study reference intended for both introductory and advanced students of the Hebrew language to help them understand and remember vocabulary based on logical categories of related words. Since our minds acquire and recall language by making associations between related words it is only natural that we would study language in this way. […]

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Online Course: How to Use a Biblical Hebrew Lexicon?

How to use a Biblical Hebrew Lexicon? This course teaches how to successfully use any biblical Hebrew lexicon. You don’t need to be in possession of a Hebrew lexicon, because included in the course price are 5 digital copies of Hebrew lexicons. Before we actually start using them, I will give you an introduction to […]

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A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Hebrew Language for Readers of English

by Ernest Klein A clear and concise work on the origins of the Hebrew words and their sense development. Each of the c. 32,000 entries is first given in its Hebrew form, then translated into English and analysed etymologically, using Latin transcription for all non-Latin scripts. An indispensable source of biblical, Jewish, modern Hebrew and […]

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What is the “Israel Institute of Biblical Studies”?

You have probably seen the new advertisement for this mysterious new institution in different places on the web. The Israel Institute of Biblical Studies is the joint online Biblical academy powered by the eTeacherGroup. Their Department of Biblical Languages offers online courses in Biblical Hebrew Biblical Aramaic Learn More…

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Online Course: How To Use A Biblical Hebrew Lexicon

Watch this introductory video on the course or go straight to the Course Page on: How to use a Biblical Hebrew Lexicon? Over 23 lectures and 42 mins of content! By the end of the course, you will be in possession of 5 biblical Hebrew Lexicons You will know how to use any biblical Hebrew […]

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What is the meaning of the word Shibboleth?

In Hebrew the word (שִׁׁבֹּלֶת) means “ear (of corn)”. In the book of Judges the word “Shibboleth” is used to distinguish the Ephramites from the Gileadites. The former’s dialect lacked the sh-phoneme. We read in chapter 12:6 about a test: וַיִּלְכֹּד גִּלְעָד אֶת-מַעְבְּרוֹת הַיַּרְדֵּן, לְאֶפְרָיִם; וְהָיָה כִּי יֹאמְרוּ פְּלִיטֵי אֶפְרַיִם, אֶעֱבֹרָה, וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוֹ אַנְשֵׁי-גִלְעָד הַאֶפְרָתִי […]

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בְּהֵמוֺת The word Behemoth that is used in our times for something enormous, especially for a big and powerful organization, is mentioned in the Hebrew bible as a primordial creature. Job 40:15-24 (JPS translation): Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Job 40:16 Lo now, his strength […]

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Should you learn Biblical Hebrew or Modern Hebrew?

The answer is connected to the purpose of your study. Do you want to be able to converse with Israelis in their native language on your next vacation to Israel or do you want to be able to read the Hebrew bible in its original language? What are the differences between biblical and modern Hebrew? […]

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History of the Hebrew Language

Saenz-Badillos: A History of the Hebrew Language A History of the Hebrew Language is a comprehensive description of Hebrew from its Semitic origins and the earliest settlement of the Israelite tribes in Canaan to the present day. Professor Sáenz-Badillos sets Hebrew in the context of the Northwest Semitic languages and examines the origins of Hebrew […]

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