The first lesson is intended for us to get to know one another and to set expectations for the rest of the course. It is not counted in the series of lessons that make up the course, since we will not have accomplished any specific Hebrew reading in preparation for the lesson.
We will, however, look at some different passages pulled directly from the Bible to practice reading and to go over the idea of how to create a personal synopsis (retelling) of the story in Hebrew. See Preparation for the First Lesson below for details on the reading passages that we will go over and what we will be talking about in the first lesson.
This is our first real session of the course. Have your synopsis ready to deliver to us. It is preferable that you have what you’re going to present memorized, but you can use what you’ve written out as a crutch if you need it. The goal is to
become more and more independent of written prompts as you become more comfortable with telling stories in Hebrew. This will also be easier as you commit Hebrew verses to memory from all over the Bible. The more you read, the better you get at a language!
Before This Lesson
Three Readings of Reading 1
Vocabulary Gloss (pg. 17)
Breakdown (parsing) of verbs → 3ms עָבַר (perfect), עָתִיד (imperfect), and ו׳ הַהִפּוּךְ (vav-consecutive)
Reading of Grammar Sections
You may choose to answer any of the questions you like from the yellow boxes in the grammar section of the book. These are for your personal improvement, and they may add a lot of details to the information that we cover. You can post your answers
to these questions in the Homework section of the First Lesson.