It isn't every day as a blogger that you get tossed an opportunity to review a Biblical Hebrew course. When the opportunity popped up in my email box I immediately thought of my husband. He is a pastor with a Bible-college education but he has yet to learn either Greek or Hebrew. I asked him if he would like to take the class and he immediately snatched up the opportunity.
Due to some seriously unexpected craziness, you're stuck with me writing up the review instead of Darrell. The review is completely based on his experience and observations over the past few weeks as he has been taking the course. If you have any questions for Darrell, please leave them in the comments and he will get right back to you.
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The Department of Biblical Languages
what... Darrell is taking Biblical Hebrew A (level 1). Biblical Hebrew is a set of 5 courses, levels 1-5, in which you will learn to master the Hebrew alphabet and biblical syntax, and will become familiar with translation decisions that have been made over the ages, understanding how they have affected the meaning of the original biblical texts.
Unfortunately, he is missing classes right now due to a completely unexpected move... a portion of the afore mentioned craziness... our landlords sold our home that we have been renting from them for almost four years (insert sad face here). Fortunately, each lecture is recorded and made available to you just days after the class is live. When writing his review notes for me Darrell said, "I really appreciate that each lesson is recorded and then sent during the week so that I can review what has been taught. If I have not really grasped something then I can play the video back." I don't think that either of us thought about the possibility of him catching back up by reviewing the videos but it is a distinct possibility. Hopefully, he will only miss a couple of weeks and will be able to catch up and jump back into this nine-month long course.
The recording is of the live class. When the professor is teaching you see him in the screen on the lower right-hand side. When a student is asking questions the screen changes over to them. You may be in a completely different country but Darrell likes that "the way the online class is set up I can see the other students and interact with them and the professor. This helps being online feel a little more like being in class together".
when... there are a variety of days and times available to choose from when scheduling your course. The classes are each one-hour long and aside from the first class, where the getting to know each other component took a bit longer, the courses have stayed on task and completed on time.
who... one of the coolest things about taking Biblical Hebrew from the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies is the fact that your professor lives in Israel. How much better can it get than that?!? Darrell's course is taught by Marvin Meital, Ph.D. He is an American, a pretty linguistically brilliant one, who has lived in Jerusalem since 1974. An interesting note on his fluency with languages is that in the first class he said he normally teaches the class in Portuguese. You can read all about him here.
Another incredible aspect of the 'who'... your classmates may hail from many far flung places across the globe as classes are made up of English speaking students from anywhere that an internet connection can reach.
where... online! All that you need is a computer and a good internet connection. This gives you great freedom to be anywhere doing anything and still take a quality course.
- Learn from passionate and experienced teachers through live video lessons and connect with fellow students from around the globe.
- Join webinars and live practice sessions to enrich your knowledge and study experience. Engage in discussions and share your knowledge with your peers.
- Learn from other students and teachers in an online forum and discover fascinating blogs and articles written by leading biblical scholars.
- Take advantage of a vast library of academic resources to get the most out of your learning experience; listen to recorded lessons and watch educational videos, read articles, use dictionaries, and more right from your own home!
Please take a moment to learn more about how it works HERE. Just click on the red box that says 'request info'.
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As a reviewer for FrontGate Media, I received free enrollment in Biblical Hebrew level 1 in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to FrontGate Media and the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies.