Biblical Hebrew Homeschool Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

In these books, we emphasize Biblical Hebrew as a tool for lifelong Bible study, worship, service, and joy. By completion of this series a student should be able to read from A Reader’s Hebrew Bible, a Bible edition that provides same-page, basic definitions of words that appear less than 100 times in Scripture. The path to that point will include Biblical culture, geography, history, and worldview. A student will be additionally equipped to use Bible reference tools, understand translation challenges and methods, study Biblical words in depth, and enjoy the language with fluent reading and singing.

Since primarily Jews and seminarians have been learning Biblical Hebrew lately, available texts generally expect you either to be immersed in Jewish tradition, or to have graduate level study skills and a professor of Ancient Near Eastern linguistics to hand. The goal of this series is to make Biblical Hebrew a viable and richly rewarding option for a homeschool foreign language course. The highest hurdles are crossed by the time you finish the primer: believing it is possible and mastering a new alphabet.

The primer resources, including a CD and DVD, will have you reading, writing, singing, and praising God in Hebrew. The
Biblical Hebrew 2 textbook and workbook take homeschool and Christian school students through high school foreign language credits to reading and insightfully studying the Bible in Hebrew.

primer level resources
Biblical Hebrew: A Homeschool Primer Alef Press Jonah Copybook
Biblical Hebrew: Annotations and Answers, teacher's manual and CD
Alef Press Biblical Hebrew: Show and Tell DVD

textbook level resources
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Biblical Hebrew 2 DVD


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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