Hebrew Language Helps

hebrewhelpThis project began as part of my own personal study, but has over the years, developed into something that can be used by other students of Biblical Hebrew. You are welcome to download, print, and distribute copies of these documents. My goal here is to provide you with helpful tools in your study of Biblical Hebrew.

The Hebrew Sounds (Letters & Vowels)

These charts will provide you with the basic characters and signs for expressing sounds in Biblical Hebrew. There are two charts (AlefBet and Vowel Sounds Chart).

AlefBet Chart

Vowel Sounds Chart

Vowel Sounds Chart

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew – Five Part Series

Have you ever wanted to learn to read Biblical Hebrew? In this five-week course, Ross Nichols introduces students to the basics of reading Biblical Hebrew. Classes will be held at the United Israel Center South in Saint Francisville, Louisiana and via Facebook Live from the United Israel Facebook page for those who are unable to attend in person. A Facebook group has been set up for students. This will allow students to engage in discussion and also provide a place for uploading class documents. Participants will learn the basics of Biblical Hebrew and should be able to read at the end of five classes. Classes generally last 1-1.5 hours.

Class One – The Hebrew Letters

Class Two – The Hebrew Vowel Sounds
Class Three – More Vowel Sounds & Half Vowels

Vocabulary Lists

Here are some vocabulary lists based upon frequency of occurrence of words in the Hebrew Bible.The list of words was taken directly from my set of Vis-Ed, Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary Cards. These cards are an excellent help in learning Hebrew vocabulary. I did not elect to use the definition supplied on the cards at all times, though the definitions are usually very good and accurate. Instead, I looked every word up using the Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, Francis Brown, S.R. Driver, C.A. Briggs (Oxford edition), and determined the most basic definition of each word in question. I then looked up every occurrence of these words using The Englishman’s Hebrew Concordance of the Old Testament to check them in context. These two methods were then combined to produce what is found in the definition. The lists are compiled in order of frequency of occurrence, so that for instance the file named Hebrew Verbs 500-5000, contains all verbs occurring 500-5,000 times in the Hebrew Bible. I propose that one master them in order as I have them on this page. Learn all words occurring more than 500 times and then move to the next list. In no time at all, you will have a workable vocabulary.

Hebrew Verbs 500-5000
Verbs 500-5000

Hebrew Nouns and Adjectives 500-5000
Nouns and Adj 500-5000

Hebrew Verbs 200-500
Verbs 200-500

Hebrew Nouns and Adjectives 200-500
Nouns and Adj 200-500

Hebrew Verbs 100-200
Verbs 100-200

Hebrew Nouns and Adjectives 100-200
Nouns and Adj 100-200

Hebrew Verbs 50-100
Verbs 50-100

Hebrew Nouns and Adjectives 50-100
Nouns and Adj 50-100

Hebrew Verbs 25-50
Verbs 25-50

Hebrew Nouns and Adjectives 25-50
Nouns and Adj 25-50

Hebrew Independent Pronouns
Independent Pronouns

Hebrew Adverbs, Prepositions, and Particles
Adverbs Prep and Particles
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