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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