• Hey guys, maybe this is a stupid question, and will get answered as I progress through the course, but it's making my head hurt... The Hebrew word, בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית, is confusing me. It is the first word in Genesis, but I have noticed two things when listening to the word... The Bet ב which is the first letter is not pronounced and the yod י does not appear to be pronounced. Can someone help me understand what I am missing? Thanks, Matt
    1. Hi Matthew. If you don't mind me attempting to answer. Here goes: 1) בראשית is made up of the preposition ב and the word ראשית. 2) What you have noticed in the Logos Word study is the "lemma" ראשית (basic word derived from the root). If you noticed in the Word study menu (when you right click on the word), you will see ב (above ראשית) as also one of the "word" making up the first word בראשית. The word study only pronounces the "lemma", not the word in Genesis 1:1. 3) So the word ב in בראשית is pronounced as you can notice the shva at the bottom of the letter. 4) The י is a part of the hireq yod, and is thus a part of the sound "i" (as in 'machine') 5) What is "silent" is the א in this word. Hope this helps :-)
    2. Thanks John, the info with the hireq yod, I believe, is still two lessons from what I just finished. So thank you for helping to understand what I'm seeing.
    3. A pleasure. Yes, in Unit 2, under Reading Genesis 1:1, you will have Dr. Futato mention more on the word.
  • Hey guys, I just started this course (yesterday) and greatly look forward to knowing and loving the Hebrew language. I hope it will greatly impact my study of the Bible and my ability to teach and grow those in the church. I am working on the alefBet (pun intended) right now. I've memorized and mastered writing the first five letters. Has anyone come up with a great way to make memorization easy? I'd love to hear from you. I am currently using flashcards (with a Hebrew keyboard) and writing in a notepad. I'd love to connect with a couple people who are also in the beginning stages with me, that as we grow in Hebrew, can possibly practice with. My goal is not only to read and write it, but I want to be able to somewhat converse with it.
    1. Hi there Matthew. Great choice for going with Hebrew. It surely will make a great difference to your studying and teaching. Dr. Futato, in Unit 1 of HB101 gives an approach to memorising the letters. I have found it helpful to use the suggested cadence, and the division into groups of 5 except for the last 2 (3). What I have done to aid memory using this cadence technique is that the first 2 letters of each group will trigger your memory for the remaining 3. So, all you need to do is to remember the first 2 letters of each group in order to string them all together. So, Aleph Beth, will trigger (by cadence) the next 3 letters, Vav, Zayin, the next 3, Kaf, Lamed, the next 3, Ayin, Peh, the next 3, and that would be it. You can think of various ways to remember these pairs, e.g. Vav, Zayin are both standing; Kaf, Lamed are our usual K and L; Ayin, Peh are the "eye" and "mouth" (in Hebrew). I would be most happy to progress together with you, as I would also love to progress to the same level of proficiency as your aim is. Have a good day :-)
    2. John, thanks for your reply. I have spend the last two days repeating the first ten letters in that cadence. I actually woke up this morning reciting it. I feel pretty proficient today in writing and saying the first ten, so I'm now working the next five today, and hopefully, by tomorrow, will be proficient in all of them. I look forward to progressing with you to a level of conversational proficiency. Have a blessed day!
    3. Excellent Matthew. It does work, and it sticks well. All the best for today onwards. Anticipating with pleasure :-)
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    According to courseware Textbook (HB101), cholem-vav is U-class vowel. But according to Beginning Biblical Hebrew (BBH), Cholem-vav is A-class vowel. Which one is correct?
    1. I am a brand new beginner. I'll wait for others to answer your question. My way (or plan) to learn is to stick with the HB101 and memorize all the vowels and their sounds. I guess it will be easy to assign an already memorized vowel to a different group later when the grammar requires so. Just my two cents.
    2.  — Edited

      Hi Ashar and Tang. Greetings. I am a beginner as well. What I have come to understand from your good question is that the BBH seeks to provide a historical background of the holem-vav and its connection to the a-class vowels. What is in HB101 is what holem-vav is treated as in Biblical Hebrew today, as being under the u-class vowels. There is a helpful note in another book available in Logos, "Learning Biblical Hebrew: Reading for Comprehension: An Introductory Grammar" by Kutz & Josberger, where in Chapter 5, there is a section touching on "Historical Vowels" that provide a thorough description of what I summarised briefly above. Hope this helps. :-)
  • Hi I am from the island Trinidad & Tobago and I have just started this course. Its my first time learning Hebrew and I am so excited. Does anyone have any tips in how I should proceed?
    1. Hi Richard. I am new to this group. I'll suggest a few things that have been helpful to me while the course is still fresh in my experience: Create a special layout in Logos for this course, having the following tabs side by side: HB101, both video and text, (the benefit with having the text alongside the video is that you can "highlight" your points to remember), Dr. Futato's BBH, the Lexham Hebrew Bible, your preferred Bible, the Notes tab. Create also a "Hebrew References" Resource Collection for your library to enable you to search through books that may have the Hebrew words and forms that you are looking for along the way. Hope this helps. :-)
  • Download HB101 Vocabulary

    I can't figure out how to download HB101-Vocabulary. Can anyone tell me what to do?

    1. It is located under Bible Study > Logos Documents.
    2. Thanks Miles.... you are a genius. I've got it in the mobile app :)
    3. Awesome! I hope your vocab memorization goes well.
  • I took Hebrew 40 years ago and helped my daughter take it about 10 years ago. I is a constant work and good to start back at the basics to began again. I work seven days on and seven off so will fall behind and work to caught up. Life goal is to read my bible from the original language and will not give up.
    1. This is my purpose too. Too see what I might be missing by reading it in the original language. Keep praying for God to manage your time.
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    If Alef is silent then why we produce "uh" sound in the start of Elohim? If Alef is silent then it should be Lohim not Elohim.
    1. The five dot vowel means you say it quickly and quietly so when you say eLoheem it should almost sound like Loheem
    2. Alef is silent. But it's a consonant. It's a glottal stop sound.
    3.  — Edited

      The alef caries a vowel underneath it which is pronounced like an "eh" sound. אֱ
  • Hi everyone. I have started HB101 to finish it within a year. I live i Pakistan and my national language is "Urdu" which I find quite close to Hebrew. Hebrew has always fascinated me. I pray that we all learn it to serve our Lord and Savior, amen.
    1. I have started Hebrew several times but time always seemed to get short with work and all. Now that I am retired I hope I can finish.
      1. just keep at it I do it as a lifelong hobby sometimes more sometimes less and if you’re in your bible it will often bring you back to your Hebrew study
    2. Took Hebrew in 78-79 (yeah, I'm old). I relied a lot on commentary but it seems like a good time to learn how to use it a bit more.