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Resources for learning Hebrew?

I'd like to learn Hebrew, and my understanding is that the OT vocabulary is very limited, though creative word use, particularly in Hebrew poetry is a challenge to understand.

I don't know enough about the distinctions between Ancient and modern Hebrew to be certain, but I believe they are significant enough that Duolingo won't be a good fit, particularly as definitions of words in ancient Hebrew aren't always agreed upon.

Are there any recommendations? I have the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and a couple other books, since I thought they would be good references, but a lot of the word formations are dependent on pronunciation, and reading descriptions of how to pronounce words isn't doing it for me.

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  1. [5]
    suspended
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    We curate a wiki here that should be helpful. If you need more help, then please just ask me and I can point you in the right direction.

    We curate a wiki here that should be helpful.

    If you need more help, then please just ask me and I can point you in the right direction.

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      grungegun
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      That's a long list. Are there any you'd particularly recommend? I prefer to go on recommendation than random choice when starting out at something.

      That's a long list. Are there any you'd particularly recommend? I prefer to go on recommendation than random choice when starting out at something.

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        suspended
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        The expert opinion that I received many years ago would be to learn modern Hebrew first. Then you would only need to make a few small adjustments to learn Biblical Hebrew. Granted this advice came...

        The expert opinion that I received many years ago would be to learn modern Hebrew first. Then you would only need to make a few small adjustments to learn Biblical Hebrew.

        Granted this advice came to me, as I said, many years ago so I could be misguided.

        I am in daily contact with a Jewish/Hebrew scholar that could be more helpful if need be. Just let me know because I truly would like to assist you.

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          grungegun
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          Great! If you could that would be fantastic. I came across conflicting advice about learning modern Hebrew first, so I avoided it. But, if you could verify that the pain of unlearning to adjust to...

          Great! If you could that would be fantastic. I came across conflicting advice about learning modern Hebrew first, so I avoided it. But, if you could verify that the pain of unlearning to adjust to ancient Hebrew is worth it, then that opens up a lot of resources for me.

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    cfabbro
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    The wiki over at /r/Hebrew might be able to help you here, E.g. https://old.reddit.com/r/hebrew/comments/asig9f/personal_resources_list_for_learning_the_language/ And @suspended might also be to...

    The wiki over at /r/Hebrew might be able to help you here, E.g.
    https://old.reddit.com/r/hebrew/comments/asig9f/personal_resources_list_for_learning_the_language/

    And @suspended might also be to be able to point you in the right direction as well, as he runs /r/AskBibleScholars (which features are fair amount of Hebrew speaking scholars IIRC).
    Edit: Nevermind... he already beat me to it. :P

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    Turtle
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    The channel 'Aleph with Beth' is pretty cool Ancient Hebrew resource. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCkKmeTinUEU27syZPKrzWQQ I've done a few lessons. Basically immersion learning similar to LLPSI...

    The channel 'Aleph with Beth' is pretty cool Ancient Hebrew resource.
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCkKmeTinUEU27syZPKrzWQQ
    I've done a few lessons. Basically immersion learning similar to LLPSI for Latin, if you know what that is. It started out very slowly though.

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      grungegun
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      Thanks for the recommendation! Do you have any sources for its accuracy? Biblical Hebrew can potentially be controversial, so I want to double check any resource I use before I get in too far.

      Thanks for the recommendation!

      Do you have any sources for its accuracy?
      Biblical Hebrew can potentially be controversial, so I want to double check any resource I use before I get in too far.

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      1. Turtle
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        No, I can't vouch for its accuracy personally. The main creator claims to have a Masters degree in linguistics and to be working on a PhD in Biblical Hebrew though.

        No, I can't vouch for its accuracy personally. The main creator claims to have a Masters degree in linguistics and to be working on a PhD in Biblical Hebrew though.

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