Ancient Hebrew


Aleppo codex: Josh. 1:1

This page offers a brief overview of the course in classical (biblical) Hebrew. Classes in classical Hebrew are offered to any interested party. They are provided via a live interactive webinar. Contact me via this website to apply.

Hebrew may only be taken when at least one year of Greek (preferably two) has been completed. The Hebrew class spreads the study of A. B. Davidson’s Introductory Hebrew Grammar (26th ed.) over two years. All the exercises, including those in reverse translation and pointing, are worked through. These exercises are not infrequently to be completed in both Greek and Hebrew to highlight and contrast the way in which the grammar of the respective languages works. During the second year passages from the book of Genesis are also read. The third year entails readings in late biblical Hebrew and also early rabbinic Hebrew.

Vocabulary Aids

Flashcards (courtesy of Rodney den Boer)

Digital memory cards for Anki (courtesy of Rodney den Boer)

Anki cards: Davidson 29, 29-30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

Anki cards for Davidson’s Grammar chapters 24-39

Vocabulary list for Davidson chaps 8-30


Ernst Jenni on the Piel in Hebrew

Ernst Jenni on the Niphal and Hithpael in Hebrew

Textual Notes


Readings in Genesis

Exod. 24: A Covenant Ceremony

Leviticus 24:10-23 Cursing God’s Name

Numbers 5:11-31 A Law for Jealous Husbands

Numbers 19: The Rite of the Red Cow

Texts on Tithing

King Asa (2 Chron. 14-16)

Psalm 2

Psalm 15

Psalm 20

Psalm 22

Psalm 23

Psalm 31

Psalm 32

Psalm 48

Psalm 62

Psalm 69

Psalm 84

Psalm 100

Psalm 101

Psalm 110

Psalm 116

Psalm 121

Psalm 130

Psalm 132

Psalm 133

Psalm 140



Early Rabbinic Hebrew