Hebrew Grammar F17-S18 (Founders-TES)

When I’m not teaching at Houston Baptist University, I’m privileged to serve at Founders Baptist Church in a variety of pastoral roles, one of which includes training our men for leadership and ministry. This year I get to walk our men (and others who partner with us through TES) through Elementary Hebrew on Thursday mornings.  Below are some links to the materials that we’re using.

Textbook: Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross

Assignments for Each Lesson of Ross: Here

Ross Homework Keys: Here

Ross Audio Files: Here

Course Handouts: Here

Restricted Access (only for those enrolled in class)


ASSIGNMENT PREP DUE DATES: [note: assignments will be ordered so that the most recent one appears on top]

Due Thursday, Aug 17: Below is the assignment to complete BEFORE our first class meeting on Thursday, Aug 17. (Please do exactly what these instructions say to do in preparation for our first class session together.

Syllabus: Download and read through it carefully. Contact Pastor Marshall if you don’t have it.

 Listen/watch on http://www.animatedhebrew.com/oldsite/index.html:  Click here on Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 to view and listen to these two lectures on youtube.


Textbook: IBH (Ross’s textbook, Introducing Biblical Hebrew): Lessons 1-2

Course handouts:  [1] Alphabet and Transliteration; [2] Alphabet and Transliteration Practice Sheet (use for memorizing); [3] Simplified Hebrew Vowel Chart ; [4] Simplified Hebrew Vowel Chart Practice Sheet; [5] Hebrew Syllables

Memorization: [1] Hebrew Alphabet (pronunciation of letters; names of letters; order; how to write letters; see my Handout called “Alphabet and Transliteration”). [2] Here is a link to the Hebrew Alphabet Song that I like to teach my beginning Hebrew students (to the tune of “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music movie). Please listen to this and sing along with it as you study the Hebrew letters in order. Click here. [3] Hebrew vowels: memorize the name, symbol, and pronunciation for each vowel and its place in the vowel chart.

Written Assignments:

[1]  Practice writing the Hebrew alphabet with English transliteration in order.  I suggest doing this at least 5 times or more, until you have mastered it. To do this, use my handout “Alphabet and Transliteration Practice Sheet.”

[2]  Complete IBH 1.8 exercises, sections A (1-12) and B (1-3).

[3]  Practice writing the Simplified Hebrew Vowels Chart]. I suggest doing this at least 5 times or more, until you have mastered it. To do this, use my handout  Simplified Hebrew Vowel Chart Practice Sheet.

[4] Complete IBH 2.10 exercises, sections A (1-4), B (1-5), and part of C (just divide the syllables of the words in section A [not section B!] and label above each syllable “o” for open, “c” for closed).

Note:  for your assistance, I have uploaded audio files in WAV format where I read the vocab words, some of the exercises, and some of the grammatical information in each of the chapters of Ross.  Listening to these can greatly help you with your homework. Look above and click on the link called “Ross (IBH) Audio Files.” Note well: I used to pronounce the 6th letter of the alphabet as “wow”; I now pronounce it as “vav.” Please be aware of this, since the recordings reflect my older pronunciation.