Hebrew Cross-Training

Genesis 1-11

Many of those who take a language course—even at a seminary level—never advance to the place of being able to read from the Hebrew Bible with competence.

Biblearc’s Hebrew Cross-Training course aims to train you for this very thing. Why? Because sound exegesis matters, and because we love the Word of God.
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What is Hebrew Cross-Training?

Hebrew Cross-Training is a live, interactive class that meets weekly via Zoom to read and translate through Genesis 1-11 together. This will, of course, include discussions over the syntax and proper exegesis of the text. We will use a variety of strategies to help you engage with the text, with our main focus being on the exercise of your reading muscles.
We will not use class time to review vocabulary. However, we will provide resources to help you build your vocabulary on your own.

This course is for you if...

  • You are fairly new to language studies and desire to strengthen your basic knowledge.
  • You once had a good grasp of the language but have since become rusty and want to regain what was lost.
  • You are already a proficient reader of Hebrew and yet want to advance your skills and enjoy the camaraderie offered in such a course as this.
The more a theologian detaches himself from the basic Hebrew and Greek text of Holy Scripture, the more he detaches himself from the source of real theology! And real theology is the foundation of a fruitful and blessed ministry —Heinrich Bitzer, Light on the Path, (quoted by John Piper, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals).

Objectives

  • To encourage the habit of reading Scripture in the original languages
...in order to facilitate greater reading comprehension
...in order to grow more competent in understanding the author’s message as presented in the original language
...in order to see Christ more clearly and delight in him more fully.
  • To accomplish all of these in the context of a fellowship of believers who encourage and stir one another on to maturity.

Prerequisites

The following requirements are meant to be a guide, not a hard and fast rule.
  • Vocabulary: able to recognize words occurring ≥ 100x in the OT
  • One year (two semesters) of language course, or the equivalent

Resource: The King’s Bible

While not required for course participation, it is recommended you purchase this resource as a means to serious study of the Hebrew Bible, in Genesis 1-11 and beyond. Learn more

Am I ready for this course?

If you are wondering if your Hebrew reading skills are sufficient to participate, take our Hebrew Reading Self-Assessment to help you decide.

How much preparation is expected for each class?

Because we are welcoming participants at various levels of reading proficiency and availability, we invite you to choose the level of prep-work that works best for you:
  1. No prep-work. Just show up to class to read and discuss the passage with the group.
  2. Read through the passage 1–3 times prior to class.
  3. Create a phrase, arc, or bracket of the passage. (You will be given the opportunity to share your work with the class.)

Dates

This live class meets Tuesdays at 9:00–10:00 pm EDT from Sept 14Nov 16.
Dates
Passage
9/14
Genesis 1
9/21
Genesis 2
9/28
Genesis 3
10/5
Genesis 4
10/12
Genesis 5:1–6:8
10/19
Genesis 6:9–7:24
10/26
Genesis 8
11/2
Genesis 9
11/9
Genesis 10
11/16
Genesis 11
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