Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1

Course Description

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1 is the first part of a two-course series designed to introduce you to the Hebrew language of the Old Testament.

Using the best inductive and deductive approaches to classical language, Basics of Biblical Hebrew uses actual examples from the Hebrew Old Testament rather than made-up illustrations and emphasizes understanding the structural pattern of the Hebrew language rather than rote memorization.

Designed for self-learners and academic students looking to refresh their knowledge of Hebrew, this course is supported by the best-selling textbook Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar.

All course material—instructional videos, readings, practice exercises, quizzes, and vocabulary review—is available online for study at your own convenience.

By completing this course, you'll gain:

  • a firm grasp on the building blocks of Old Testament Hebrew, including the Hebrew alphabet, numerical system, pronunciation, and punctuation
  • foundational knowledge of Hebrew nouns, prepositions, adjectives, pronouns, and other parts of speech
  • an introduction to Hebrew verb forms
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and cutting-edge vocabulary building tools

Course Instructors

Gary D. Pratico

Th.D., Harvard Divinity School

Gary D. Pratico is professor of Old Testament and director of the Hebrew language program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been teaching Hebrew for nearly thirty years. 

Miles Van Pelt

Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Miles Van Pelt is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Director of Summer Institute for Biblical Languages, and Academic Dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.

Course Outline

1.   Hebrew Alphabet and Hebrew Vowels

2.  Syllabification and Pronunciation

3.  Hebrew Nouns

4.  Definite Article and Conjunction Waw

5.  Hebrew Prepositions

6.  Hebrew Adjectives

7.   Hebrew Pronouns

8.  Hebrew Pronominal Suffixes


10.  Hebrew Construct Chain

11.   Hebrew Numbers

12.  Introduction to Hebrew Verbs

13.  Qal Perfect – Strong

14.  Qal Perfect – Weak

15.  Qal Imperfect – Strong

16.  Qal Imperfect – Weak

17.  Waw Consecutive


Course Textbook and Resources

This Course is based on the book Basics of Biblical Hebrew by Gary D. Pratico and Miles Van Pelt. While taking this course, you will have online access to most of this book's contents. However, if you want off line access or want this book in your personal library as a long-term reference, you may purchase it by clicking on the button to the right which will link you to 

In addition to the course textbook, a variety of supplementary learning aids are available for this course including a workbook and audio of Hebrew vocabulary available for purchase at

Course Details

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 1

by Gary D. Pratico and Miles Van Pelt

16 Units, Self-paced

18.5 Hours of Video

12 Months of Access to All Online Course Content

3 Credits toward a Certificate, Diploma or Degree

Support by a Clearwater College Professor

Cost: $510 CAN