Category Archives: Hebrew

Yet More Hebrew Tattoos You Do Not Want!

People never learn. Think before you ink! I came across a couple more examples of incorrect Hebrew tattoos. I can’t believe people don’t double and triple check foreign tattoos with someone they know understands the language before they get their … Continue reading

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Hobbins’s Helpful Hebrew Verbal System

Just a short note to follow up on my previous post, How to Teach Introductory Classical Hebrew, which highlighted some recent discussions of how to teach Biblical Hebrew with reference to the verbal system. It appears that John Hobbins over … Continue reading

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How to Teach Introductory Classical Hebrew

How should professors teach introductory Classical Hebrew? That is the question that two recent online articles attempt to answer or at least discuss — and they approach the question from quite different perspectives. The first article by Rahel Halabe is … Continue reading

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Unicode Hebrew Problem FIXED

UPDATE: The unicode problem is fixed, though it looks like I will have to redo the Unicode Hebrew in old posts if I want them to show up right. The issue was when I installed WordPress at my new host, … Continue reading

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Bad Sermon: “Him that pisseth against the wall”

Check out this sermon on the phrase “him that pisseth against the wall” from the KJV of 1 Kings 14:10. The phrase also occurs in 1Sam 25:22, 25:34; 1Kings 16:11, 21:21, and 2Kings 9:8. The rendering by the KJV, while … Continue reading

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Sex and Language?

For the connection between Biblical Hebrew and Greek and the joy of sex, see here. I can’t say my experiences learning biblical languages were anywhere near as bad (I do recall being very intimidated when I sat down the first … Continue reading

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MR HBRW WTHT VWLS (More Hebrew without Vowels)

John Davies, Principal of the Presbyterian Theological Centre in Sydney, Australia sent me this poetic response to Jessica Shaver’s poem: TH MTRS LCTNS T’s NT s bd s y mght thnk; “vwl-lttrsâ€? hlp y swm, NT snk! Jst whn y … Continue reading

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HBRW WTHT VWLS GN (Hebrew Without Vowels Again)

In line with this previous post about how to get across to students that Biblical Hebrew was originally written without vowel indicators, I found this great example over at Davar Akher: Th lphbt s hrd t mstr; Rdng bck t … Continue reading

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Ancient Egyptian Semitic Snake Spells (or “Snakes in a Pyramid”)

“Ancient Egyptian Semitic Snake Spells” — say that five times fast! As I am getting caught up on some blogging, Shawn Flynn had brought to my attention an interesting article about some semitic spells found on the walls of the … Continue reading

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Learning Ancient Hebrew

John Hobbins over at Ancient Hebrew Poetry has some good tips about learning Classical Hebrew.  John sets the bar high with his introductory paragraph: If you want to learn ancient Hebrew so as to savor its sounds, understand the nuances … Continue reading

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