Friday, 31 October 2008

some more resources for learning hebrew online (and f.o.c)!

a new blog for learning hebrew. check the link below. great for learning hebrew online and refreshing or reviving your hebrew:

at the bottom right hand of the blog are some further resources worth checking out.

you can download robert d. holmstedt's pdf ancient hebrew: a student grammar textbook f.o.c. (which he co-wrote with john d. cook). it is still a draft copy. clicking on the PDF link on the top leads you to journal articles in pdf form that he has written mainly about hebrew:

and below is another great site for learning hebrew. you can start with the hebrew alphabet sung (a mp3 download of the song is available). they even have audio files and flash files teaching hebrew using allen p. ross's biblical hebrew book. they have flash cards to learn hebrew verbs and hebrew nouns. and you can find the classic piece about abbot and costello (comedy duo from the 50's black and white TV) learning hebrew which i show to students in hebrew class to illustrate the fun of learning hebrew. remember the phrase - 'who is hi? hi is shi!' :

and another site linked is one on learning hebrew paradigms (those tables one has to memorize for conjugations):

and finally a link to the aleppo codex, the oldest complete hebrew manuscript of the OT. one can view for yourself actual pictures of how it looked like. also other info about the codex as well as the masorettes, the scribes living in Tiberius who invented the vowel system :
update: (1/11/2008)
link from tim bulkeley on teaching/learning hebrew vocabulary using flash cards, multimedia etc
from jthom10, esther raizen's hebrew homepage on university of austin is below (already highlighted in a previous entry but just in case you missed it, it is here below):

Thursday, 30 October 2008

time for laughter

time for a good laugh to begin the day. read the joke below sent by chee ling:

(it is an old one which i had read sometime back on the internet but was nice to be reminded again lest we become so busy like myhomilia!

anyway, the reb is also busy - interviewing candidates this week, preparing final touches to the History and Theology of the Exile TEE module for next week, marking psalm assignments and exam papers and hebrew exam papers, not to say this week going down to gereja grace batu pahat to do a saturday night seminar on ISA and preach on Sunday morning on Acts 24-26 and rush back in the afternoon for my son's birthday dinner celebration. all in a week's work).


Position or Performance?

A Priest dies & is awaiting his turn in line at the Heaven's Gates.

Ahead of him is a guy, nattily dressed, in dark sun glasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket & jeans. God asks him: Please tell me who are you, so that I may know whether to admit you into the kingdom of Heaven or not?

The guy replies: I am Pandi!!!, Auto driver from Chennai !

God consults his ledger, smiles & says to Pandi: Please take this silken robe & gold scarf & enter the Kingdom of Heaven ..

Now it is the priest's turn. He stands erect and speaks out in a booming voice: I am Pope's Assistant so & so, Head Priest of the so & so Church for the last 40 years.

God consults his ledger & says to the Priest: Please take this cotton robe & enter the Kingdom of Heaven ...

'Just a minute,' says the agonized Priest. 'How is it that a foul mouthed, rash driving Auto Driver is given a Silken robe & a Golden scarf and me, a Priest, who's spent his whole life preaching your Name & goodness has to make do with a Cotton robe?'

'Results my friend, results,' shrugs God.

'While you preached, people SLEPT; but when he drove his Auto, people PRAYED'

Moral of the story: It's PERFORMANCE & not POSITION that ultimately counts.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

have they actually found King Solomon's copper mines?

King Solomon's (copper) mines?

Deep dig finds confluence of science and the Bible

Industrial copper slag mound excavated at Khirbat en-Nahas. The building and layers above it date to the mid-9th century BCE; slag deposits below the building date to the 10th century...

Did the Bible's King David and his son Solomon control the copper industry in present-day southern Jordan? Though that remains an open question, the possibility is raised once again by research reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Led by Thomas Levy of UC San Diego and Mohammad Najjar of Jordan's Friends of Archaeology, an international team of archaeologists has excavated an ancient copper-production center at Khirbat en-Nahas down to virgin soil, through more than 20 feet of industrial smelting debris, or slag. The 2006 dig has brought up new artifacts and with them a new suite of radiocarbon dates placing the bulk of industrial-scale production at Khirbat en-Nahas in the 10th century BCE – in line with biblical narrative on the legendary rule of David and Solomon. The new data pushes back the archaeological chronology some three centuries earlier than the current scholarly consensus.

read the link below for the rest of the article: