This page contains materials developed for a a two-semester Introductory Biblical Hebrew course was designed for graduate students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the bottom of this page, I have also included links to handouts and worksheets I’ve developed for teaching biblical Hebrew.
2-Semester Introductory Biblical Hebrew I & II
The class was originally designed for a mixture of M.Div, M.A., and Ph.D. students at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Traditionally, the textbook used for this course was Lambdin’s Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. (If I were to teach this course again, I would use JoAnn Hackett’s A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew instead.) The assignments listed in the syllabus were assignments I created and were a mixture of exercises I developed and those in Lambdin’s book.
Handouts & Resources for Teaching Biblical Hebrew
I created a number of handouts for this class that synthesized information, presented it in different formats, and, at times, drew from other textbooks with clearer explanations of topics. These handouts are all licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Please feel free to download, adapt, and use them with attribution for any non-commercial purpose.
- Terms for Grammar and Linguistics
- Consonants and Vowels
- The Definite Article
- Noun Plurals
- Prepositions with Pronominal Suffixes
- Overview of the Verbal System
- Qal Perfect with Guttural Root Letters
- Interrogative Heh
- Nouns with Pronominal Suffixes
- Qal Verb Forms
- Uses of Waw and Hinneh
- Derived Stem – Niphal
- Derived Stem – Piel
- Derived Stem – Hiphil