Category Archives: Hebrew

In Memory of J. Alan Groves (17 December 1952 – 5 February 2007)

There has been a lot of mention of the passing of the New Testament textual giant, Bruce Metzger, among the biblioblogs, and it was great to see the latest Biblical Studies Carnival dedicated to his memory. Another biblical scholar also … Continue reading

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Biblical Hebrew Dictionaries and More

John Hobbins over at Ancient Hebrew Poetry has a good post highlighting the top Dictionaries of Biblical Hebrew. He notes the same major Hebrew-English lexicons that I discuss in my “An Annotated Bibliography for Mastering Biblical Hebrew,” but also helpfully … Continue reading

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HBRW WTHT VWLS (Hebrew Without Vowels)

When I am teaching about the Hebrew Bible, the fact that Hebrew was originally unpointed often comes up. And at that point I will provide some sort of example with English, such as the title to this post: HBRW WTHT … Continue reading

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Fighting Shevas

OK, this is too funny. This Chris fellow made an animation illustrating a sheva fight (In Biblical Hebrew, when two shevas are found at the beginning of a word, the first sheva becomes a hireq). I will definitely show this … Continue reading

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Hebrew or Israeli? Linguistics and Zionism

Reuters has an article by Dan Williams (no relation) on maverick scholar Ghil’ad Zuckermann, entitled, “Hebrew or Israeli? Linguist stirs Zionist debate.” Zuckermann argues that modern Hebrew should be renamed “Israeli” and give up any claim to pure descent from … Continue reading

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Friedman on Humour in the Hebrew Bible

The Owings Mills Times has a small news report on a lecture Richard Friedman gave at a local synagogue. Here are some excerpts: Friedman said it is difficult to get away from humor in the Jewish culture because it is … Continue reading

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Microsoft Drops the Hebrew F-Bomb

It appears that Microsoft has committed a marketing faux pas with the name of their iPod competitor Zune — at least for Hebrew speakers. An ITWorld news article, “Microsoft Zune: Doesn’t sound sweet to everyone,” reports that the word “Zune” … Continue reading

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Parallel Hebrew Bible with Paleo-Hebrew

I have been meaning to put together a page for my Biblical Hebrew Resources pages collecting the various resources available online, so I have been collecting a fairly impressive list of sites. The Parallel Hebrew Old Testament just came to … Continue reading

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Abbott & Costello Learn Hebrew

I am not sure where I got this little sketch written by Rabbi Jack Moline, but I always enjoy doing it in my introductory Hebrew course in the first couple weeks of classes (I also have a Dr. Seuss Learns … Continue reading

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Teaching Classical Hebrew

I will be teaching Introduction to Classical Hebrew again this year. I have almost ten years experience teaching Hebrew and I can say that I still love teaching it! For my introductory course am going to use Kittel’s text, which … Continue reading

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