Knowledge of the original biblical languages (Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic) enables a consultant to help teams understand aspects of the text that may not be accessible in the translations to which they have access.
Here are some resource suggestions to help your mentees grow in their biblical language skills:
1. Aleph with Beth / Alpha with Angela
If you haven’t studied Greek or Hebrew before, or want to refresh your knowledge in an accessible and fun way, use the free resources provided by ‘Aleph with Beth’ (https://freehebrew.online) and ‘Alpha with Angela’ (https://freegreek.online). These sites are based around graded videos entirely in Hebrew or Greek, supported by grammars, quizzes, scripts and other resources.
Tip: Challenge yourself to watch at least two videos a week.
2. Biblingo’s Biblical Languages Blog, Podcast and Videos
Extend your understanding of biblical languages by following Biblingo’s Biblical Languages blog, and listening to the accompanying episodes in their podcast or watch them on youtube. This includes series on word order, lexical semantics, biblical language linguistics, and more, including good introductions to linguistic concepts.
3. Institute for Biblical Languages and Translation (IBLT)
The Institute for Biblical Languages and Translation offers a variety of courses aimed at developing the biblical language competence of global Bible translators and consultants.
4. Daily Dose of Hebrew / Greek
If you have already learned some Hebrew and Greek, you can keep growing in your understanding on a daily basis by watching a 2 minute video every day from the Daily Dose that talks through a verse of the Hebrew Bible or Greek New Testament. You can watch these through the website in your browser (dailydoseofgreek.com; dailydoseofhebrew.com), subscribe to receive a daily reminder by email, or use the apps available for both Mac and Android, which allow you to easily find their analysis of any verses that have been covered in the past. The websites also point to many further resources for learning Greek and Hebrew.
Tip: Use the daily dose resources as part of your daily devotional rhythms – either to follow the verse that they have chosen, or to find the passage you are looking at in your own study and explore it in the original language.
5. Further Hebrew learning options
Find more potential resources for learning Hebrew via the Hebrew Learning Options site.
Further resources that might interest you
- Biblical Mastery Academy A cohort approach to encourage you to read the Bible in the original languages, with lessons, resources, videos and community support.
- Do you know of a good resource that should be listed here? Please let us know.