7 tips for learning biblical Hebrew from Miles Van Pelt
Miles Van Pelt recently shared some tips for learning Biblical Hebrew. If you’re thinking of learning Hebrew, you’ll want to take a look at what he says. And don’t forget to check out his Biblical Hebrew online course.
When you’re studying a language, it’s always good to have a study group or a partner.
You want to do this for a number of reasons.
The first reason…
Miles Van Pelt on Learning Biblical Hebrew Online
We recently sat down with Miles Van Pelt to discuss learning biblical Hebrew online.
Here is what he said:
One of the things that is difficult about studying the Old Testament is it represents a culture that is far away in terms of its time and in terms of its practices.
77.3% of our Bible appears in Hebrew. So if we want to know what the Bible says, and if we want to know how to accurately communicate what the Bible says, then we will learn the language in which the vast majority of the Bible was written.
Hebrew has this way of connecting us back to that culture, connecting us back to their idiom, connecting us back to their way of thinking.
One of the great things about our day and age is that if you are in…
Why learn Aramaic?
Who spoke Aramaic?
The short answer: just about everyone in the ancient world.
Aramaic was the lingua franca in the Ancient Near East for more than two thousand years. It was first spoken by the Arameans around 1,200 B.C. Then, when the Assyrians conquered the Arameans and brought them into captivity, they brought their language with them. From that point on, Aramaic replaced Akkadian as the language of commerce and government in Assyria and beyond.
After the collapse of the Assyrian empire, the Babylonians and Persians inherited the language. With each successive empire, Aramaic was exported throughout conquered territories and people groups.
Developments in My Field of Study — Trends in Biblical Language Studies “Interesting and Exciting!” Says Van Pelt
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Yes, says Miles Van Pelt, professor of Old Testament and biblical languages and co-author of Basics of Biblical Hebrew—and for two exciting reason:
1) Resurgence in teaching the originals. He is encouraged more seminaries emphasize teaching both the original biblical languages and ancient "helping" languages (i.e. ugaritic, akkadian, latin).
2) Many now going into these fields. When he was a student Van Pelt was an odd duck: no one wanted to study the languages. "They thought that was weird and quirky."…
My Advice to Students — Van Pelt Shares Solid Languages Advice He Got and Wished He Got
Yet in our video today Miles Van Pent, professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary and author of Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar, offers us a two-meal helping of solid biblical languages advice he got and wished he would have gotten—advice I wish I would have gotten, too!
His sage wisdom centers around the priority we give to studying biblical languages and the priority we give to the primary text itself:
1) If you're going to be good in the…