Visual Tools for Learning Hebrew

Some people are visual learners (I’m one of them). Here are a few visual charts to help students remember some details of Biblical Hebrew. Click on the images to download the full size versions.

When I teach weak verb forms, I like to draw attention to the fact that the Qal imperfect, imperative, and infinitive construct often follow similar patterns. I refer to this diagnostic grouping as the Qal Trio (quicker to say than “the Qal imperfect, Qal imperative, and Qal infinitive construct). If you look at my Weak Verb chart (Front, Back), you will see reference to the Qal Trio and how it appears in some of the weak verb categories (look for my “traffic light” for the Qal trio). Rebeckah Groves brought this trio to life with this drawing, which helps students remember which aspects are part of the Qal Trio.

Qal Trio

Adam Couturier, of משלי אדם (I’m so excited WordPress is keeping my Hebrew text now) has some nifty visual resources. The first one is a poster of the Outlaw Radicals: those nasty characters who won’t take a Dagesh from anyone!

Dagesh Outlaws

He also has a nifty semantic vocabulary illustration for parts of the body. I have to wonder who his model was.

Hebrew vocab anatomy

Adam also produced a helpful visual with vocabulary that would describe a pastoral scene (that would be one with sheep, not a presbytry meeting). To see all of Adam’s resources go here.

Hebrew vocab pastoral

Dr. Chris Heard (of Higgaion fame) created this visual for prepositions.

preposition charg

And, finally, Chris has been busy adding more iFlipr decks for Hebrew vocabulary. I originally discussed the iFlipr resource in Part Two of my vocabulary resource roundup. The latest two additions from Chris are wonderful visual decks, also for parts of the body (but he uses photographs). You can search for his decks at the iFlipr site using the phrase “Semantic Biblical Hebrew.”
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5 thoughts on “Visual Tools for Learning Hebrew

  1. Adam

    Karyn, thanks for the plug! As I was telling Daniel and Tonya, I have about 20 or more images, similar to the shepherding scene that are in the works. Sadly, my semester is keeping me too busy to do any sketching.

  2. Adam

    No model was used the in the creation of these images. Although finding a dissected individual would be rather interesting.

  3. Karyn Post author

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for sharing your resources so generously.

    Actually, in a past life, I worked in an auto safety lab doing research to make more bio-fidelic dummies by doing tests on dismembered (and whole) cadavers. My research was working to provide a better tibia index (which means I did lots of tests that smashed lower legs to measure the forces involved in a crash).

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