The Importance of Reading Handwritten Manuscripts

Often when students learn to read ancient (i.e. biblical) Hebrew texts, they do so through a very cold and sterile medium.  We learn to read the language from clean modern type-faced critical editions of biblical texts, such as those found in the BHS/BHQ/BHK.[1] This method is fine for 1st year students of the language, but [...]

The word דוד in Isaiah 5:1: Options Abound

I am honored that John Hobbins (who in my opinion, runs one if the best biblioblogs on the good ole interweb, Ancient Hebrew Poetry) has decided to interact with my work on Isaiah (here and here), especially given his dissertation work on First Isaiah under J. Alberto Soggins.  His comments, as usual, are insightful and [...]

I Need Pedagogical Advice for Teaching 1st Year Hebrew Students: What to do with Verbs?

I have been teaching Biblical Hebrew at my church over the last month and a half.  My class consists of 4 students that are members of my church (the youngest student is going into the 7th grade, and the oldest is a college professor).  I am thrilled to be teaching them and I believe that [...]

Hebrew Word of the Day, 3

Hebrew Word of the Day, 2.

Hebrew Word of the Day, 1.

I will be starting a new blog series.  Starting today, I will be providing a Biblical Hebrew word each day with a brief definition.  The words will be organized by frequency from words that occur only 10 times and moving up to words that occur over 50,000 times in the Hebrew Bible.

Seminaries, Biblical Languages, and Bible Software

I have been giving thought lately to the requirement of languages at seminaries.  At Gordon Conwell, an M.Div student must take a year of Greek and Hebrew, an MA in Old Testament student must take a singular year of Hebrew (and that is it).  This is not really unique to GCTS; many schools have [...]