Israel Institute of Biblical Studies

Learn Biblical Hebrew with the world’s leading academy of biblical languages and biblical studies. The Israel Institute of Biblical Studies offers certification programs where students can become fully certified experts of biblical languages and studies. Students who take biblical language courses can also get university credits from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew

English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew

English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew enables students of biblical Hebrew to grasp the basic concepts of English grammar that are needed in order to be able to transfer these concepts to biblical Hebrew.One of the biggest problems students encounter learning biblical languages, especially Hebrew, is that they have either forgotten or simply do not know their English grammar.
Concepts such as verb tense and voice, relative pronouns, antecedents, adjectival substantives, and the like, sound like familiar terms, but may seem foreign when it’s time to put them to practice. With chapters such as, “To Be or Not To Be, that is the Infinitive” and “Pronouns: Grammatical Stunt Doubles,” this book is both clever and engaging. All Hebrew students will become better translators―and ultimately better pastors and leaders―with the help of this book. Tips for studying Hebrew, a glossary, and a list of additional Hebrew resources is also provided.

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What’s the meaning of the Biblical Names?

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What does “Amen” mean in Hebrew?

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JPS Tanakh: Audio Version

JPS Tanakh: The Jewish Bible, Audio Version

The JPS TANAKH: The Jewish Bible, audio version, is a recorded version of the JPS TANAKH, the most widely read English translation of the Hebrew, or Jewish, Bible. Produced and recorded for The Jewish Publication Society (JPS) by The Jewish Braille Institute (JBI), this complete, unabridged audio version features over 60 hours of readings by 13 narrators.

Regarded throughout the English-speaking world as the standard English translation of the Holy Scriptures, the JPS TANAKH has been acclaimed by scholars, rabbis, lay leaders, Jews, and Christians alike. The JPS TANAKH is an entirely original translation of the Holy Scriptures into contemporary English, based on the masoretic (the traditional Hebrew) text. It is the culmination of three decades of collaboration by academic scholars and rabbis, representing the three largest branches of organized Judaism in the United States.

Narrated by Michael Bernstein, Theodore Bikel, Bruce Feiler, Tovah Feldshuh, Norma Fire, Kathy Ford, Lisa Kirsch, Harold Kushner, MD Laufer, Elizabeth London, Francie Anne Riley, Jonathan Roumie, and Marciarose Shestack.

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Online Course – Hannah’s Prayer in Hebrew

In this online course we will read the historical narrative at the beginning of the first Book of Samuel (in Hebrew) that leads up to the psalm commonly known as Hannah’s Prayer. You will encounter two different genres that are common in the Hebrew Bible. In our reading of 1 Samuel 1 (28 verses), we will come across the distinctive characteristics of Hebrew biblical narrative. We will talk about the geographic place names, the meaning of the characters’ names, grammatical peculiarities, and interesting background information surrounding the birth of Samuel and his forming years. Apparently, Samuel is the only biblical figure whose biography begins before his birth and extends after his death as judge and prophet!
We will take the time to identify and parse verb forms, explain grammatical constructions, and work closely with the Hebrew lexicon and grammar book.

After 1 Samuel 1, we continue with another genre, biblical poetry. The content and style of Hannah’s Prayer (1 Samuel 2:1-10) are very similar to other psalms and proverbs of the Hebrew Bible.

This online course is aimed at the intermediate student who has completed at least one year of Biblical Hebrew and has received a thorough introduction to the verbal system (strong and weak verbs).

The course work includes:

– reading and translating of 1 Samuel 1:1-28; 2:1-10

– parsing of verbs

– paragogic nun

– cantillation marks, Ketiv and Qere

-prayers and vows in the Hebrew Bible

– etiology of Hebrew names and much more

  • How often do we meet? — Once a week
  • Where? — Online Classroom
  • Meeting time: 1 hour (60 minutes)

Please provide your contact information and study time preferences. I will contact you to set up an informal meeting through Skype in order to get to know one another and to talk about more details.

Contact Michal if you have any questions 🙂

Looking forward to meeting you!

Michal at Shiloh

Michal at Shiloh – Hannah’s Prayer

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Biblical Hebrew Morphology (Online Course)

This university level course introduces the morphology of Biblical Hebrew words and sentences.

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The Course covers:
-Definite Article
-Ketiv and Qere/ Tetragrammaton
-Noun and Adjective Endings
-Use of Adjectives
-Nonverbal Sentences
-Conjunction ו
-Atnah, Silluq, and Pause
-Inseparable Prepositions (with and without the definite Article)
-Preposition מִן

Course Goals

By the end of this course you will be able to:

-Recognize the definite article and add it to any noun.
-Identify and explain the use of the definite direct object indicator.
-Recognize and write the noun and adjective endings.
-Recognize and translate attributive and predicate adjectives.
-Recognize and translate nonverbal sentences.
-Recognize and write the conjunction vav.
-Recognize atnah, silluq, and pause.
-Recognize and write the inseparable prepositions.
-Recognize and write the prefixed preposition
-Read and translate the Hebrew readings “The Creation of the Universe” and “The Creation of People.”

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Intermediate Biblical Hebrew Studies

Readings in Biblical Hebrew: An Intermediate Textbook

This textbook will teach students who have completed an introductory course in Hebrew how to read and interpret biblical texts from the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. It can be used in intermediate-level university or seminary classes or by students working alone.

The book presents texts drawn from the complete range of biblical literature, exposing the student to all the major styles of Hebrew found in the Bible. It also provides extensive explanations of the chosen texts, focusing on structure, genre, literary devices, and accents. There are assignments for classroom use, and space is available for student responses. The book includes topics for further thought and suggestions for further reading on specific issues.

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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. By organizing Hebrew vocabulary into logical categories, as opposed to frequency, students can quickly begin to familiarize themselves with entire groups of terms and more readily acquaint themselves with the ranges of meaning of particular Hebrew words.


This reference tool focuses on nouns in the Old Testament, and includes over 175 word grouping categories including pottery, ships, birds, jewelry, seasons, and many more. For each Hebrew term a definition is given and a reference in the Hebrew Bible appears so readers can see the word in context. For many words additional lexical references are indicated where students can look for further study. Words that hapax legomena (words appearing only once in the Hebrew Bible) are marked with an “H” and words that are rare and appear less than 10 times are marked with an “R.” Two helpful appendices equip students for further study, these include 1) a Guide for Further Reading where recommendations are given for helpful resources for studying the larger macro categories and 2) Lists of “cluster verses” where several words in a given category appear together, giving students the ability to see how these words function together in context.

Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories is intended to move students beyond rote memorization to a more dynamic grasp of Hebrew vocabulary, ultimately equipping them to read with more fluidity and with a deeper and more intuitive grasp of the biblical text.

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Biblia Mirecurensia

New ! Mp3 recordings of the Hebrew Tanakh (prophetic and poetical books). These recordings are designed to be downloaded onto a smartphone or a tablet. They offer about 25 hours’ listening, in 4 distinct albums – a radically new approach to biblical Hebrew!

Download for free and enjoy !

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