Ancient Hebrew


Aleppo codex: Josh. 1:1

This page offers a brief overview of the course in classical (biblical) Hebrew. Classes in classical Hebrew are offered to any interested party as online lessons. Contact me via this website to apply.

Hebrew may only be taken when at least one year of Greek (preferably two) has been completed. The Hebrew class begins with a study of A. B. Davidson’s Introductory Hebrew Grammar (26th ed.), spread over two years. All the exercises, including those in reverse translation and pointing, are worked through. These exercises are not infrequently to be completed in both Greek and Hebrew to highlight and contrast the way in which the grammar of the respective languages works.Thereafter biblical Hebrew prose is read and finally a course in early rabbinic Hebrew is offered.

Vocabulary Aids

Flashcards (courtesy of Rodney den Boer)

Digital memory cards for Anki (courtesy of Rodney den Boer)

Anki cards: Davidson 29, 29-30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

Anki cards for Davidson’s Grammar chapters 24-39

Vocabulary list for Davidson chaps 8-30


Signs for Counting

Ernst Jenni on the Piel in Hebrew

Ernst Jenni on the Niphal and Hithpael in Hebrew

Textual Notes

Readings in Genesis

Exodus 24 A Covenant Ceremony

Leviticus 24:10-23

Numbers 5:11-31

Numbers 19

King Asa (2 Chron. 14-16)

King Manasseh (2 Kings 21:1-18 / 2 Chron. 33:1-20)

Psalm 2

Psalm 15

Psalm 19

Psalm 20

Psalm 22

Psalm 23

Psalm 31

Psalm 32

Psalm 48

Psalm 62

Psalm 69

Psalm 84

Psalm 100

Psalm 101

Psalm 110

Psalm 113

Psalm 116

Psalms 121-34 (Songs of Ascents)

Psalm 140



Texts on Tithing

Readings on Leviathan

Early Rabbinic Hebrew – part one

Early Rabbinic Hebrew – part two