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Hebrew—An Introduction to Reading the Old Testament
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Lesson 1: The alphabet
The Hebrew you already know (step 6 of 8)
Reading some words

Now let’s get some practice reading the Hebrew letters and vowels you have just learned by reading some Hebrew words which you already know. It's true—if you are like most English speakers, you already know (or at least half-know) quite a few Hebrew words. Thus, there is no better place to start reading.

To get the most out of this exercise, do the following for each word.
  1. Try to read the word aloud before listening to it.
    Remember to read the Hebrew right-to-left!

  2. Click the play button a few times to hear the word spoken.
    Try to mimic the pronunciation of the word each time.

  3. Note the meaning of the word and other words related to it.
    Noting these built-in associations is a great way to expand your vocab quickly.
שָׁלוֹם
237x
peace (noun)
אָמֵן
30x
verily, truly (adverb)
שַׁבָּת
111x
Sabbath (noun)
מָשִׁיחַ
39x
anointed one (noun)
We are more accustomed to pronouncing this “Messiah” or using the Greek word “Christ” in English. 
מִצְוָה
181x
commandment (noun)
As in “bar-mitzvah”—the traditional Jewish coming-of-age ceremony. The “bar” part is actually the Aramaic word for son. Together, they mean “son of the commandment” since Jewish transition states that boys age 13 and up are now obligated to keep the law.
יְהֹוָה
6828x
the Lord (i.e. the name of God)
אֲדֹנָי
448x
the Lord
אָדָם
10x
name of the first man
קַיִן
19x
first son of אָדָם
שֵׁת
11x
third son of אָדָם
נֹחַ
46x
builder of the ark
הַנְּפִלִים
3x
giants
אַבְרָם / אַבְרָהָם
236x
the first patriarch
שָׂרָה
38x
wife of אַבְרָהָם
מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק
2x
king of שָׁלֵם to whom אַבְרָהָם gave a tithe
You have already seen and learned words with the צדק root in a previous lesson step.
יִשְׁמָעֵאל
48x
first son of אַבְרָהָם
יִצְחָק
108x
אַבְרָהָם’s son of promise
יַעֲקֹב
349x
second son of יִצְחָק
יִשְׂרָאֵל
2514x
the Hebrew nation
יוֹסֵף
213x
beloved son of יַעֲקֹב
שָׁאוּל
406x
first king of יִשְׂרָאֵל
עֶזְרָא
25x
post-exile leader of יִשְׂרָאֵל
נְחֶמְיָה
8x
post-exile leader of יִשְׂרָאֵל
יְחֶזְקֵאל
3x
one of the major prophets
עֹבַדְיָה
20x
one of the minor prophets
זְכַרְיָה
43x
one of the minor prophets
מַלְאָכִי
1x
one of the minor prophets
בֵּית־אֵל
144x
city in יִשְׂרָאֵל
בֵּית לֶחֶם
41x
birth city of יֵשׁוּעַ
It is amazing how much Hebrew you already know, isn't it? On the next lesson step you will actually read 3 verses from the Hebrew Bible.