Zola's Introduction to Hebrew
More than half of the Bible is written in Hebrew. For Bible study purposes alone, this fact warrants learning the language. This text, originally intended for an adult audience at Bible colleges and seminaries, emphasizes pronouncing and reading Hebrew. Hebrew is complex and this text does not formally introduce grammatical concepts, nor does it follow a direct, traditional language learning method. The primary goal is to read and learn written text rather than communicating in Hebrew.
The first 6 chapters introduce each consonant letter of the alphabet. Since vowels are not delineated in the Hebrew alphabet, the additional 6 chapters teach the vowels as classes. Then, starting as Jewish children do, students will learn to read the Shema in Hebrew and then work through the 10 Commandments, Sabbath and other blessings, daily worship prayers and blessings and then end with the Hebrew names for God.
The author, Zola Levitt, a Jewish Christian, recommends following this pattern when studying the lessons: pray, review daily (30 minutes per day); use graph paper to practice the letter forms and make flash cards.
Each of the 12 lessons in Part I should take one week per lesson for your motivated high school student. Lessons in Part II may be studied and reviewed for months to come. The readings in Lessons 12 through 16 provide the Hebrew writing with a transliteration and then an English translation below. Background information and cultural explanation elaborate on each text.
Lesson 17 explains the Tanakh (the full Hebrew Bible) and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), followed by Scripture samples in Hebrew with the corresponding Scripture in English KJV. While no transliteration or direct translation is included at this point, the student should be able to pronounce these. A good Strong's Concordance would solve the word for word translation. Lesson 18 discusses the Hebrew names of God with transliteration and definitions, with an in-depth discussion on 18 specific names.
The wealth of language, Biblical and cultural information here is astounding. Even if you do not wish to read full documents in Hebrew, this text would be an excellent source for Bible study"or in preparation for a trip to Israel. Additional resources include an in-depth Hebrew Glossary, an Introduction to the Hebrew Calendar; and a bibliography. ~ Ruth
Why is there no better book for learning Hebrew than this? Many, many reasons. First of all, Zolas primer teaches both print and script, so you will be ready to read, speak, write and understand Hebrew in Israel as well as in heaven. Second, it progresses gradually enough that even the faint-hearted will find immediate value in it, nurturing them to proceed on a friendly course toward a unique intimacy with Gods language, land and people.
Unlike kiddy primers, this one serves as a benevolent tool for transliterations from the Bible. Dedicated students will find themselves reading the text with Sephardic pronunciations and feeling a sense of real accomplishment.
Using an adult-learning model, it includes plenty of practice. At over 400 pages, this text is all you need to progress from knowing not one letter of Hebrew to reading and speaking it with confidence. If you have enjoyed our Levitt Letter Hebrew Lessons, then you have already experienced some of John Parsons enthusiasm for you to learn the language! Foreword by Zola Levitt.