Resources for Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary

Vocabulary Resources

HebrewCards by J. Ted Blakley

Vocabulary Cards 2005 by Philip Poots

The Fellowship of the Hadowites by J. Ted Blakley

Hebrew Vocabulary Online

 

Hebrew Vocabulary Index (for Sp06 St Andrews)

Weekly Vocabulary Quiz Schedule

Weekly Vocabulary Lists

Irregular Noun of the Week

 

 

Weekly Vocabulary Quiz Schedule                                                                          Back to the Hebrew Vocabulary Index

 

Date of Quiz

List for 2006

339  Words

Vocabulary Lists

 in Landes

Irregular Noun
of the Week

10 Feb 06

1

53

1–4, 53

אִישׁ

man

17 Feb 06

2

51

72–74

אִשָּׁה

woman

24 Feb 06

3

38

5–7

אָב

father

4 March 06

4

34

8–10

אָח

brother

11 March 06

5

27

11–12

בֵּן

son

18 March 06

6

38

13–15

בַּת

daughter

Class Exam 1 — No Vocabulary Quiz

Spring Break

15 April 06

7

39

54–57

בַּ֫יִת

house

22 April 06

8

29

75–76

יוֹם

day

Class Exam 2 — No Vocabulary Quiz

6 May 06

9

30

77–78

יָם

sea

 

Weekly Vocabulary Lists                                                                                            Back to the Hebrew Vocabulary Index

Vocabulary Quiz 1

Vocabulary Quiz 2

Vocabulary Quizzes 3–9

• Starting in Week 3, students will be responsible for compiling their own vocabulary lists from George M. Landes’ Building Your Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary. Two copies of this book are available on short loan, one from the University Library and one from the South Street Library.

• Here is what I am expecting, using Week 3 as an example. As you can see from the “Weekly Vocabulary Quiz Schedule,” Week 3 consists of 38 words culled from Landes’ Lists 5, 6, and 7. So, consult Landes, either from short loan or the pdf (Vocabulary Quizzes 3–9). As you look through lists 5–7, identify the words that occur 100 or more times. These are what you are to learn.

• The file Vocabulary Quizzes 3–9 has been compiled in case Landes is not always available. In order to protect this copyrighted material, this pdf file has been protected from alteration and from printing. It can be viewed but cannot be saved or distributed.

 

HebrewCards (in progress)                                                                                        Back to the Hebrew Vocabulary Index

Here is an incomplete set of Hebrew flashcards based off of the lists in Landes (currently 9–15). As you can see, these HebrewCards come in a variety of formats and so encourages and supports various learning modalities (auditory, visual, and tactile-kinesthetic). If you discover any errors, email me and I will update the files.

• Electronic. These files can be viewed with Microsoft PowerPoint, and thus provides vocabulary input using your computer.  If you don’t have access to PowerPoint, a free viewer is available for free download here.

• Printable. These files can be viewed in and printed from Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). They are identical to the electronic HebrewCards.

• Audio. The audio files come in two versions, a pronunciation and a vocabulary version. In the pronunciation version, the Hebrew words are read and repeated three times each. In the vocabulary version, the Hebrew word is followed by an English gloss. Each word and gloss is repeated twice, which lends itself to better vocabulary input.

• Quiz. The quizzes were designed for my office mates when we were helping each other with our acquisition of Hebrew vocabulary.

 

Vocabulary Lists in

Landes

Word

Count

HebrewCards

Electronic

(PowerPoint)

HebrewCards

Printable

(PDF)

Auditory Pronunciation

and  Vocabulary Input

(MP3)

Practice

Quiz

9

23

PPT

PDF

 

PDF

10

23

PPT

PDF

Pronunciation • Vocabulary

PDF

Week 5

 

 

 

 

 

11

22

PPT

PDF

Pronunciation • Vocabulary

PDF

12

24

PPT

PDF

Pronunciation • Vocabulary

PDF

Week 6

 

 

 

 

 

13

25

PPT*

PDF

Vocabulary

PDF

14

28

PPT

PDF

 

PDF

15

20

PPT*

PDF*

 

 

Week 7

 

PPT

PDF

Vocabulary

 

54

 

PPT*

PDF*

Vocabulary

 

55

 

PPT

PDF

Vocabulary

 

56

 

PPT

PDF

Vocabulary

 

57

 

PPT

PDF

Vocabulary

 

Week 8

 

PPT

PDF

Vocabulary

 

75

 

PPT

PDF

Vocabulary

 

76

 

PPT

PDF

Vocabulary

 

Week 9

 

PPT

PDF

 

 

77

 

PPT

PDF

 

 

78

 

PPT

PDF

 

 

 

*Staring with List 15, I began experimenting with creating ScriptureCards, which enhances one’s vocabulary acquisition by learning words within meaningful contexts. Each ScriptureCard consists of a scripture verse in Hebrew with an accompanying English translation; there is at least one ScriptureCard for every vocabulary word, sometimes more than one, especially if a verb occurs frequently in more than one stem.

 

The Irregular Noun of the Week                                                                                Back to the Hebrew Vocabulary Index

Each week you will be responsible for memorizing an irregular noun in all of its basic forms. You will be given the English and be asked to reproduce the appropriate Hebrew form. The shaded forms are those that are formed irregularly. A pdf version of this chart is available here.

 

Plural

Construct

Plural

Absolute

Singular

Construct

Singular

Absolute

 

 

אֲבוֹת

אָבוֹת

אֲבִי

אָב

father

Though masculine, the plurals take feminine-type sufformatives. I think this is where the English word Abbot comes from.

אֲחֵי

אַחִים

אֲחִי

אָח

brother

The msc takes the same voweling as the msc of father.

אַנְשֵׁי

אֲנָשִׁים

אִישׁ

אִישׁ

man

 

נְשֵׁי

נָשִׁים

אֵ֫שֶׁת

אִשָּׁה

woman, f

 

בְּנֵי

בָּנִים

בֶּן־

בֵּן

son

 

בְּנוֹת

בָּנוֹת

בַּת

בַּת

daughter, f

 

בָּתֵּי

בָּתִּים

בֵּית

בַּ֫יִת

house

Notice the dagesh forte in each of the plurals.

יְמֵי

יָמִים

יוֹם

יוֹם

day

Notice the differences between the mpa of יוֹם and יָם. The noun יוֹם is not a geminate, and so the מ is not doubled as it is in יָם. The initial vowels follow the short vowel rules.

–

יַמִּים

יַם

יָם

sea

יָם is a geminate noun. Thus, when it occurs without a sufformative, the gemination is lost, as in the singulars. The gemination remains (or returns) when it occurs with a sufformative, as in the plural.

עָרֵי

עָרִים

עִיר

עִיר

city, f

Though feminine, the plurals take masculine-type sufformatives.

 

Geminate means double and so refers to a consonant that is doubled or to a verb where the last two radicals are the same.

 

Vocabulary Cards 2005                                                                                               Back to the Hebrew Vocabulary Index

Here are some vocabulary flash cards that Phil put together for the Class of 2005. They are easy to print and compact. Since I have changed the lists somewhat for 2006, they don’t exactly correspond to one another. Let the Landes numbers be your guide. Basically, what is provided below are all of the words for Lists 1–8 of 2006, though once you hit Phil’s List 6 there are variations as to which Landes words are covered. If you discover any errors, email me and I will update the files.

• List 1 — Landes 1–4, 53

• List 2 — Landes 72–74

• List 3 — Landes 5–7

• List 4 — Landes 8–10

• List 5 — Landes 11–12

• List 6 — Landes 13–14

• List 7 — Landes 15, 54–55

• List 8 — Landes 56–57

• List 9 — Landes 75–76

 

Hebrew Vocabulary Online                                                                                        Back to the Hebrew Vocabulary Index

Biblical Hebrew Online Lab — Vocabulary

This page provides multiple choice quizzes for verbs, nouns and other parts of speech, and prepositions and prepositional phrases (this last one I have found particularly helpful. The quizzes are organized according to word frequency and so can be used in conjunction with the words you are acquiring via Landes.