Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Learning Hebrew ~ Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament

Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament
by Jenni, Westermann and Biddle
(Preview using Amazon's "Look Inside" feature)

Just got this in the mail today. Looks good ~ 330 in-depth articles on Hebrew roots, plus their derivatives, so it covers thousands of  Hebrew words found in the Old Testament. It is helpful to know some Hebrew, but not essential because this lexicon is keyed to Strong's numbers. I have found the companion New Testament lexicon to be very helpful, so I look forward to using this one. The price is very good, too ~ this 3-volume set is available at Amazon for just $39.95.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Learning Hebrew ~ Memory Tools

Here are some handy memory aids to help me learn Hebrew. Just came in from Amazon yesterday.

Old Testament Hebrew Vocabulary Cards ~ Yes, the old reliable flash card system. Used it when I was learning English as a kid. Using it now as I learn Hebrew. This set (1000 cards) not only includes the Hebrew words and the their meanings in English, but also grammatical usage, verb forms and frequency of usage in the Old Testament.

Biblical Hebrew Laminated Sheet ~ This is a handy reference sheet for the various aspects of Hebrew alphabet and grammar: the consonants, vowel letters and vowel points, forms of the definite article, conjunctions, prepositions, adjectives, pronouns, construct chains, verb conjugations and, of course, the forms of the seven verb stems. (I'm expecting that, at some point, this will all start coming together for me). This is a durable laminate sheet and is actually four pages (an 11x17 sheet folded in half). I will be keeping this very handy, as I quite sure I will need to refer to it often.

BTW, both of these aids are keyed to Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt. I already have one grammar I am using, but I expect I will probably also get this one as well. There is also a website related to this grammar and these aids that has some other resources, including some free downloads.

The Eye of God

Here is a stunning photograph from the Hubble space telescope. It has been called, for obvious reasons, the Eye of God.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ascension ~ Psalm 47

Forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus ascended to His throne at the right hand of the Father, where He rules and reigns forever.

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
For the Lord Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.
He will subdue the peoples under us,
And the nations under our feet.
He will choose our inheritance for us,
The excellence of Jacob whom He loves.
God has gone up with a shout,
The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.
God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.
The princes of the people have gathered together,
The people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
He is greatly exalted.
(Psalm 47)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Learning Hebrew ~ Exploring and Having Fun

I've got the Hebrew alphabet (actually, the Aleph-Bet) down now, along with the vowel points and am able to read and pronounce Hebrew words. My Hebrew vocabulary is growing and so is my understanding. I am also learning about the language. There are plenty of tools and resources available online and I am soaking up as much as I can as fast as I can (which, I realize, actually says nothing about how fast and how much I can soak it all up). I am exploring the language and having fun.

There is some fascinating material at the Center for Biblical Hebrew, with numerous videos, articles and other resources, as well as some interesting music — the letters of Hebrew texts translated as musical notes.

From there, I picked up a few links to some fun learning tools. One is Hebrew for Me, which has some interactive gadgets to help me learn Hebrew words and numbers. Another is Hebrew Keyboard Tutor, to help me learn the placement of Hebrew letters on the Qwerty keyboard.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Learning Hebrew ~ Toddling Along

Lately, I've returned to learning Biblical Hebrew, and I came across this great site, Hebrew4Christians, which looks like it gets into the grammar pretty well in addition to providing other fascinating information about the language.

Also, WikiTravel provides a handy little online Hebrew phrasebook for those planning a trip to Israel.