Online Resources for Biblical Hebrew

Below is a list of various free online resources to help students with their Hebrew language studies. Simply click on the blue titles to go directly to that site.

Biblical Text

Hebrew Audio Bible
The Academy of Ancient Languages website has audio tracks of the Hebrew Scriptures in mp3 format.

Mechon Mamre
You can access the entire parallel Hebrew and English Bible and listen to each chapter in Hebrew.

Tanach
This Hebrew bible has been derived from the Westminster Leningrad Codex (WLC) maintained by the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research (Westminster Theological Seminary) by Stephen K. Salisbury. The WLC has been transcribed to a format with Unicode character coding and XML markup.

Chanting and Cantillation 

HaftorahAudio.com
A convenient online resource that helps users learn how to chant Haftorah, blessings and “trope” (cantillation) melody. You can also download audio recordings of any Haftorah directly to your iPod or mp3 player.

Hebrew Cantillation Marks and Their Encoding 
This article by Helmut Richer on Mechon Mamre’s website offers an overview of Hebrew cantillation marks and their usage for structuring the Bible text. The article also contains tables with the Unicode and the Michigan-Claremont codings of the cantillation marks.

SiddurAudio.com
This website help users learn how to chant (daven) the Jewish Siddur liturgy in Hebrew.

Charts, Handouts & Paradigms 

500 Basic Hebrew Words
Professor Dr. Siegfried Kreuzer has posted a PDF list of the 500 most frequent and most important words of the Hebrew Bible. The transcription follows the rules of ZAW.

Hebrew Tools – College of William and Mary
Naama Zahavi-Ely created and posted the following single-page handouts for Biblical Hebrew:

  • A guide for identifying a missing root letter of a verb in the Hebrew Bible and other texts with vowel markings (nikud)
  • A guide for identifying the stem (binyan) of a Hebrew verb in the Hebrew Bible and other texts with vowel markings (nikud)
  • Hebrew verb overview
  • Hebrew verb summary tables

Logos Bible Software
Logos Bible Software has created a free PDF download of its Hebrew Paradigm Chart – Strong Verb.

Northwestern Theological Seminary (NTS) Library
The NTS Library has published a series of Basics of Biblical Hebrew charts in PDF format. This is an extensive collection that will help you learn Hebrew nouns and verb stems.

Resources for Biblical Hebrew Grammar – Charts and Tables
J. Ted Blakely has posted more than 20 charts and tables on morphology, pronouns and pronominal suffixes, nouns, syntax, verbs and verb formation on his site..

University of Washington
UW’s HTML Alphabet Chart is an audio guide that helps students write and pronounce the Hebrew alphabet.

Concordances and Classical Lexica

Bible Hub
Visitors to this site can access and easily search both the Englishman’s Hebrew Concordance and Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (Hebrew and Greek).

Sefaria
Sefaria has digitized A Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature by Marcus Jastrow and A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Hebrew Language for Readers of English by Ernest Klein.

Tyndale Archive of Biblical Studies (TABS)
TABS has published Jastrow’s Rabbinic Hebrew & Aramaic Dictionary and Gesenius’ Biblical Hebrew & Aramaic Dictionary in HTM format.

eCourses, Tutorials & Flash Cards 

Animated Hebrew
This site offers, among many things, helpful flashcard programs based on Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001).

For vocabulary flashcards, visit:
http://www.animatedhebrew.com/oldsite/ross_vocab/index.html

For verb stems flashcards, go to:
http://www.animatedhebrew.com/oldsite/verb_flashcards/index.html

FlashWorks
Another helpful free software vocabulary program.

Foundation Stone
Foundation Stone is a free application offering an online Hebrew tutorial that includes a flashcard program that allows you to practice memory recall for reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Hebrew@Stanford Multimedia
This is a free and open archive of multimedia Hebrew language learning material. The pages were deigned to enable instructors to easily incorporate the material into their online courses and to provide learners with tools for expanding their exposure to the Hebrew language and culture beyond the classroom.

Hebrew Bible by Shaye J.D. Cohen
Learn about the Hebrew Bible in a free course of 25 video lectures by Shaye J.D. Cohen, Littauer Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University. This course surveys the major books and ideas of the Hebrew Bible examining the historical context in which the texts emerged and were redacted. A major subtext of the course is the distinction between how the Bible was read by ancient interpreters (whose interpretations became the basis for many iconic literary and artistic works of Western Civilization) and how it is approached by modern bible scholarship. Video recordings of each lecture can be viewed alongside Professor Cohen’s lecture notes. A series of timelines is available to illustrate aspects of the course which unfold over time.

Hebrew Language at the University of Texas at Austin
This site includes a variety of tutorials and other resources for students and teachers of Biblical Hebrew. At this point it includes two tools: 1) Biblical Hebrew Text, a set of Biblical Hebrew texts in Hebrew, translation, and transliteration, with sound included; and 2) Biblical Hebrew for Beginners, an online resource that introduces students to the basics of Biblical Hebrew.

Grammar and Semantics

Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar
Lexicity.com has published the English translation of H. F. W. Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar, the standard reference grammar in English for Biblical Hebrew, in PDF format.

Biblical Hebrew: A Student Grammar
John A. Cook and Robert D. Holmstedt’s textbook provides the average student with an understanding of ancient Hebrew grammar and will enable the student to read both prose passages and less complex poems from biblical and non-biblical texts. Additionally, the textbook introduces the student to the standard Biblical
Hebrew lexicon and includes an appendix on the Masoretic “accents.”

Hebrew Grammar Introduction – Charnock Institute of the Bible
This site offers a free 10 week intensive course based on Frederic Clarke Putnam’s A New Grammar of Biblical Hebrew (copyrighted 2006, 2010 by Frederic Clarke Putnam and used by permission). One can readily access the Syllabus, Hebrew Grammar, Hebrew Genesis Text, Hebrew audio and video, and other items, along with the notes that offers guidance through the entire course.

Semantics of Ancient Hebrew Database
This project aims to provide a structured and critical survey of scholarly literature on the vocabulary of classical Hebrew. As it grows, it will offer an in-depth resource to complement traditional dictionaries, and also provide pointers to further research. This international, cooperative project involves a growing number of research centres with coordination provided by Amsterdam.

The currently participating centres include the following universities: Amsterdam, Bonn, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Florence, Oxford, Leiden and Rome.

Virtual Hebrew Keyboards

Gate2Home

Lexilogos

MagicTyper

Software

e-Sword

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