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Learning Hebrew From Genesis : Aleph Edition

By Cooper, Benjamin, Lee

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Title: Learning Hebrew From Genesis : Aleph Edition  
Author: Cooper, Benjamin, Lee
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Education, Hebrew
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This is a full grammar teaching of "Biblical" Hebrew from a fluent author in a very unique style. Although precise spelling of words is important, this is not a teaching method that focuses on vowels. I do teach all of the vowels, and all of the important times when vowels matter, but readers should be able to one day read Hebrew without vowels, and that is one of the reasons for this teaching method. More focus is put on grammar and the roots of words than on vowels or pronunciation. I do cover pronunciation and syllables, but these are not primary focuses of this book. Instead of giving a list of all possible conjugations of a 'verb' for a root, I focus on teaching how to recognize the root for a word, and how to 'conjugate' a verb, and how to recognize all of the various forms of verbs and prefixes and suffixes. The vocabulary words are specifically selected based on the common words in Genesis chapters 1-3, and the words that are used in the Bible more than 500 times, along with all of the prepositions and other necessary grammar words. I do not believe in asking a student to memorize a word that is used less than 20 times in the Bible, just because it is in Genesis. I do not believe in putting lots of exercises for the student to practice or test themselves with, but instead I ask the student to practice with flashcards and to do their own reading and writing before each lesson. This reduces the size of this book because I don't need an answer section or 2 pages of exercises for each chapter. I do not include a glossary because I have wrote a separate free Hebrew Dictionary which will fully be done in 2018. Once a student finishes this book, they will be able to continue learning vocabulary from the rest of the Torah until they are fluent. This is the first version of this book, any feedback is appreciated.

This is a book to help you teach yourself 'Biblical' Hebrew. All of the grammar, vowels, and important cantillations are covered. Once you finish this book, all you have left to do is learn the remaining Hebrew vocabulary that is used 20-500 times in the Bible, and you can do that by reading and translating the Torah a few verses each day and look up the words you do not know yet. IMPORTANT: This is the very first version of this book, I would appreciate any feedback on places where I need to describe things better, or if I made any spelling errors, etc.

1.2 Should I learn Modern or Biblical? The first thing you must decide is if it would be “Modern Hebrew” or “Biblical Hebrew” that you want to learn. Modern Hebrew is not the original Hebrew of creation, its not the original Hebrew of the Garden of Eiden, and its not the original Hebrew that Noach, Avraham, and Yaaqov spoke. There are some added and removed grammar aspects and many added words that are not in the Biblical Hebrew. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in the nation that the United Nations recognizes as Israel, then maybe you should learn Modern Hebrew to speak it there. If you will be spending a lot of time reading and studying the Tanakh, then you should probably learn Biblical Hebrew. I dont recommend that you learn both Modern and Biblical at the same time. Because of the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary differences, you will probably confuse the two often. I suggest that you first master one, then start to learn the other. Start with the one that you need the most first. Most people believe that they dont have much free time, so the more projects you have going at the same time, the more you are going to neglect each one. This is another reason why you should choose either Modern or Biblical. People who speak Modern Hebrew, and who also can read the Bible, do not differentiate the two languages usually. They think of the Bible as being an outdated form of the language. So, if your goal is to speak Hebrew with other people fluently, you should learn Modern Hebrew. Im not saying Modern and Biblical Hebrew are really two different languages, but they are so different, it is not a big stretch to call them two different languages.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Should I learn Hebrew? Chapter 2 The Hebrew AlephBet Chapter 3 The Hebrew Vowels Chapter 4 Gutteral and Dagesh Letters Chapter 5 Syllables Chapter 6 First Vocabulary, Special vowels את ו ב Chapter 7 First Verse and Structure and ה prefix Chapter 8 Word Pairs and Perfect 3rd person forms Chapter 9 3rd person Imperfect and the reversing vav Chapter 10 כִּי בֵּין and verse 4 Chapter 11 ל prefix, verse 5, and פ or ס Chapter 12 מ prefix, participles, and הִפְעִיל Chapter 13 נִפְעַל and verse 8 and 9 Chapter 14 3rd person Poss. Suffix, imperfect drop letters Chapter 15 Plural Suffixes, Adjectives, 15 Chapter 16 3rd person pronouns, אוֹת, infinitives Chapter 17 Verbs with extra suffixes, 2nd person, Commands Chapter 18 1st Person, כ prefix, מִן ,אֶל, direction ה Chapter 19 Comparisons, לֹא and אַל, and יֵשׁ and אֵין Chapter 20 Cardinal numbers, word duplication Chapter 21 Age, and questions Chapter 22 הִתְפַּעֵל, sealed words, conditional Chapter 23 נָא ,גַּם, and doubling Chapter 24 פִּעֵל, and spacing Chapter 25 עַד עוֹד עִם אִת and cantillation Chapter 26 Extra Vocab. And Letter Duplication Chapter 27 Original Hebrew Script, the word 'God' Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Conclusions


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