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Learning Biblical Hebrew: Reading for Comprehension: An Introductory Grammar
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Learning Biblical Hebrew: Reading for Comprehension: An Introductory Grammar

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Learning Biblical Hebrew

What’s the best way to learn a new language? By approaching it not as a series of facts to memorize but as something alive, with a personality you can get to know and tendencies you can sometimes predict.

Designed for long-term retention, Learning Biblical Hebrew focuses on helping students understand how the language works and providing a solid grounding in Hebrew through extensive reading in the biblical text.

  • Introduces advanced concepts in a form accessible to beginning students.
  • Focuses on historic patterns and changes that minimize memorization.
  • Focuses on how the language works for long-term retention.
  • Encourages mastery of paradigms from a handful of representative forms.
  • Includes extensive translation from the third week of class.
  • Prepares students for translation of unedited biblical texts by the end of first semester.
  • Emphasizes reading comprehension rather than decoding.
  • Promotes a strong oral component to enhance language competence.

Written for first-year and second-year Hebrew students, this grammar is laid out to present comprehensive concepts to first-year students and then to aid in review and deeper understanding for second-year students. Though written for Hebrew competency, Learning Biblical Hebrew is well suited for students with different learning styles and objectives.


  • Hebrew Alphabet
  • Hebrew Vowels
  • Syllables & Reading Hebrew
  • Gender & Number
  • Vowel Changes in Hebrew Nouns
  • Noun & Adjective Function
  • Constructs, Prepositions, Directional Ending, and Interrogatives
  • Pronominal Suffixes
  • Common Patterns in Hebrew Nouns
  • Numbers
  • Introduction to Hebrew Verbs
  • Vowel Changes in Verbs
  • The Qal Perfects
  • The Qal Imperfects
  • The Qal Volitionals
  • The Qal Participles & Infinitives
  • The Qal Waw Consecutives
  • The Niphal Stem
  • Piel, Pual, and Hithpael
  • Rare Verb Stems
  • Verbs with Object Suffixes
  • Irregular Features in Object Suffixes
  • Introduction to Weak Verbs
  • III-Waw/Yod Verbs
  • I-Waw/Yod Verbs
  • II-Waw/Yod Verbs
  • Geminate Verbs
  • I-Nun Verbs
  • I-Guttural Verbs
  • II-Guttural Verbs
  • III-Guttural Verbs

Product Details

  • Title: Learning Biblical Hebrew: Reading for Comprehension: An Introductory Grammar
  • Author: Karl Kutz and Rebekah Josberger
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 368
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 7x9
  • ISBN: 9781683590842

About the Authors

Karl V. Kutz (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison) is professor of biblical languages at Multnomah University in Portland, OR. For over two decades his teaching and mentoring of students in the language and literature of the Hebrew Bible has cultivated students' passion for the biblical text, shaped and transformed their lives, and led to the establishment of an outstanding program for the study of the Hebrew Bible.

Rebekah L. Josberger (Ph.D., Southern Seminary) is associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, OR. Since coming to Multnomah in 2009, she has focused on developing a solid Hebrew program that enables and encourages students to learn Hebrew well enough to use it for personal growth and ministry long after they leave seminary. She teaches Old Testament with a focus towards biblical theology and continues research related to Torah.