Q: What ages are these books for?
A: Ages 9 and up can use our primer materials to get started reading, writing, and singing Biblical Hebrew. A family can add in as much or as little as they like of additional suggested reading and activities. The teacher's guide, Biblical Hebrew: Annotations and Answers, has ideas for using the books with different ages and with various family goals. The Biblical Hebrew 2 textbook takes students from the primer through two years of high school level foreign language. In a family that enjoys foreign language study and/or working together, those credits could be earned in junior high. Feel free to contact us with questions about suiting your family's needs.
Q: I have no Hebrew experience. Can I learn with my children?
A: Absolutely. The primer materials are designed by homeschoolers for family use and independent learning. Integrating your Hebrew learning with family worship, Bible study, and history is ideal. The teacher's guide is easy to use and truly requires no Hebrew experience beyond amen and hallelujah. The supplemental DVD set provides pronunciation of every lesson and review tailored to each chapter.
The textbook, Biblical Hebrew 2, can be used independently by high school students who have learned the alef-bet thoroughly and can pronounce and write Biblical Hebrew. Homeschool parents do not need prior experience with Biblical Hebrew to use this course in their family. It would, however, be much easier to check a student’s work if the parent knows the names and forms of the printed and handwritten Hebrew letters. Completing Biblical Hebrew: A Homeschool Primer as a family would be an excellent start.
Q: Do I need more than one copy of anything?
A: At the primer level, Biblical Hebrew: A Homeschool Primer and the Jonah Copybook are non-reproducible, write-in worktexts. You will need one for each student. At the textbook level, each student needs the Biblical Hebrew 2 Workbook, but a family could share a textbook and answer key. Malachi and Ruth are write-in workbooks like Jonah.
Q: What order do these books go in?
A: First the primer. Then, the Jonah Copybook cements the basics and segues naturally into grammar, syntax, idiom, and translation, working straight from Scripture. Biblical Hebrew 2 picks up the thread here, and leads on through grammar and vocabulary with a tour of text history, translation challenges, and using Hebrew in lifelong Bible study. Upon completion of the textbook, students will have earned two years of high school foreign language credit. The endnotes for Malachi and Ruth make them particularly useful for use as guided reading and translation workbooks for students with some grammar and vocabulary experience. Malachi is recommended as a supplement to Biblical Hebrew 2 and Ruth as a bridge from Biblical Hebrew 2 to further, independent Scripture reading.
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