There is a great line in the film “The Matrix” where Morpheus downloads the ability to do martial arts into Neo’s brain. It only takes a few seconds after which Neo opens his eyes and declares “I know kung fu”.
I have recently had a such a “matrix moment”. Not about kung fu but New Testament Greek. It took more than a few seconds to learn, in fact it took two years, but it’s like I have crossed a threshold of understand and suddenly I can read my Greek bible and understand it. I’m not by any means fluent but I have definitely reached my goal of “learning a little Greek”. This year I hope to finish working through the intermediate grammar book “Greek Grammar: Beyond the basics” and read lots more Greek.
For Christmases 2010 I got the books that helped me learn a little Greek. This year, I got the Hebrew equivalents that will help me in “Having a go at Hebrew”.
- Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Grammar
- Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook
- Old Testament Hebrew Vocabulary cards
- Summary sheets summarizing the Basics of Biblical Hebrew
On order are:
- Basics of Biblical Hebrew video lectures
- Biblical Hebrew vocabulary CD
- Vocabulary guide to biblical Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew,
- Vocabulary guide made easy.
Lined up for the future is:
- An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax – Bruce K. Waltke
- The Graded Reader for biblical Hebrew (helps you read through larger passages of the Hebrew Testament).
I’m not sure if the audio lectures are different to the CD but here they are:
You can get summary sheets, vocabulary cards and Audio CD together as a survival kit
I have already read through several chapters of the Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar book. It looks easier than Greek (at least nouns do) but the vocabulary is going to be a real challenge. Hopefully in a year or two I’ll be able to declare “I know Biblical Hebrew”.