Learning Hebrew

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FlSnookman7

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Another person here posted about a website called Hebrew for Christians and since I have been wanting to learn the language for some time I starred it and have decided to try and learn the written language first.

I would like to ask anyone here who speaks Hebrew what they think would be the best "version" if I was interested in learning in order to be able to read the Torah. I only took a quick look but there seems to be 4 or 5 different versions.

Not sure if this is the place to post this but thanks in advance for any replies.
 

mcubed

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Our services here, where I live, at our Messianic Synagogue are traditional. We have books with the translation to prayers and songs. So, if you want Biblical Hebrew for free you can probably go to a Messianic church. But if you want to learn everyday language, like restaurant, street, building,... I would suggest something like hooked on phonics.
 

mcubed

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If you go you might be in for a shock, if it is traditional.... We "kiss" the school because His Word is like honey to our lips and face East to pray... per Solomon... And when your people face to the East to pray...lol...
 

Shamah

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I would say beiefly learn some paelo-Hebrew because it is cool and the foundatiopn of the language, then learn ancient Hebrew fully, pre-vowel pointing, then learn some vowel pointe Hebrew but understand it is not the language the Scriptures were originally written in. They were written without vowel points and some of the vowel points alter words. Also an interesting study is that about who mae the vowel points and what they altered. In many places they are beneficial but IMo not all places.
 
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Bumping this up, in hopes one of the few here has learned/is learning Hebrew might answer.
 

MarcR

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Another person here posted about a website called Hebrew for Christians and since I have been wanting to learn the language for some time I starred it and have decided to try and learn the written language first.

I would like to ask anyone here who speaks Hebrew what they think would be the best "version" if I was interested in learning in order to be able to read the Torah. I only took a quick look but there seems to be 4 or 5 different versions.

Not sure if this is the place to post this but thanks in advance for any replies.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem is an excellent school. You can't go wrong with that. You will likely be expected to make a 12-15 hour/week time commitment between coursework and homework.
 
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A hebrew interlinear bible with a concordance is a great way to learn. Modern hebrew is somewhat different than biblical hebrew.
 
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Someone sent me a link to a YouTube channel that taught you how to read Hebrew...it's free so I would go with that as a introduction.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ie8ZuWV6tpg

This is just pronouncation.

If you want vocabulary, grammar, etc...I will ask some folks I know who have been to seminary what they would recommend.
 
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It isn't necessary to learn Hebrew or Greek to understand the Holy Scripture. All that is necessary is a pure, holy and sincere heart. After all:


  • "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." (Job 32.8).
  • "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." (Matthew 11.25).
  • "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord." (James 1.5-7).
 

krimskyM

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Another person here posted about a website called Hebrew for Christians and since I have been wanting to learn the language for some time I starred it and have decided to try and learn the written language first.

I would like to ask anyone here who speaks Hebrew what they think would be the best "version" if I was interested in learning in order to be able to read the Torah. I only took a quick look but there seems to be 4 or 5 different versions.

Not sure if this is the place to post this but thanks in advance for any replies.
I believe the most accurately translated Hebrew Bible is called "Living Torah" translated by Aryeh Kaplan. Whenever there is a discrepancy in possible translations, he puts it in the notes.

As someone who has struggled and finally succeeded in learning Hebrew (though always learning more), I found the best way to learn the language was being taught 1-on-1 by a native Israeli. I figured that I learned English by people speaking to me, so it seems the most natural instead of memorizing vocabulary lists.

I've worked with Ulpan Or (UlpanOr.com) and they have 1-on-1 teachers and materials that I used to learn. All the teachers there are amazing, really enthusiastic, and were able to figure out my learning style and customize the course for me.

Blessings,
Mikey
 

JaumeJ

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Another person here posted about a website called Hebrew for Christians and since I have been wanting to learn the language for some time I starred it and have decided to try and learn the written language first.

I would like to ask anyone here who speaks Hebrew what they think would be the best "version" if I was interested in learning in order to be able to read the Torah. I only took a quick look but there seems to be 4 or 5 different versions.

Not sure if this is the place to post this but thanks in advance for any replies.
Here is a good Hebrew-English online Bible source for you.... file:///C:/Users/jack_2/Documents/Trastos/HebEng/pt/pt1243.htm

It is advisable to learn the alefbet and the diacritical marks well at the beginning of your quest.

I have read the Word in Hebrew once, and it is worth the effort. There are also textx available with clckable words, they give the dfinistions and roots at a click. I used this type of text in order to read through the Word. It is surpriseing how when I came to Ezra and the first half of Daniel I knew immediately it was not Hebrew, but Aramaic, but it is so similar to Hebrew, actually a for of Hebrew I suppose, that it was fine for me.

As for which version, Masoretic seems to be the best, at least it has been for me. God luck and apply yourself.........One you get past the alefbet and some of the grammar distinctions it is actually a fairly easy language. Shalom b'shem Yeshua......
 

trofimus

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Are you sure its worth the effort?

Christianity is based on Greek Scriptures (both NT and OT).

Learning masoretic Hebrew can be useful for judaism or if you prefer masoretic (judaistic) texts.
 

JaumeJ

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Another person here posted about a website called Hebrew for Christians and since I have been wanting to learn the language for some time I starred it and have decided to try and learn the written language first.

I would like to ask anyone here who speaks Hebrew what they think would be the best "version" if I was interested in learning in order to be able to read the Torah. I only took a quick look but there seems to be 4 or 5 different versions.

Not sure if this is the place to post this but thanks in advance for any replies.

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