Reading the Hebrew Bible—Aloud—over Two Years

As Charles and Daniel had made known, the Miqra Group plans to read the Hebrew Bible over a two-year period. So, you‘ll find me blogging and commenting over there as well as here.

My own “twist” on the reading program is to read the entire[note] Hebrew Bible aloud in two years. Despite years of teaching, and despite my continuing efforts to shape my teaching of biblical languages into an immersive mode, my reading fluency is not yet of a quality to satisfy my harshest critic (me). At some point, maybe I will add the Greek New Testament into the mix.

Anybody want to read the Bible aloud?

BACK TO POST And by “entire,” I mean, “except when grading, administrative emergencies, or urgent opportunities for professional development intervene.” Let she who is not a junior instructor cast the first stone.

[Reading the Hebrew Bible—Aloud—over Two Years was written by G. Brooke Lester for Anumma.com and was originally posted on 2011/01/18. Except as noted, it is © 2011 G. Brooke Lester and licensed for re-use only under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.]

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6 Responses

  1. Great idea, will you be recording the reading? AND if so, will you be posting them? That would be a great way to keep yourself focused on quality 😉

    • intrigued, although, given the length of exceptions that would go on my footnote, I don’t know how well I could stick with it. But, after a cruise of the original blogpost on the subject, I’m now curious about this Hebrew Reader’s bible, and trying to decide if it would a) eliminate barriers and keep me looking at the hebrew more often. OR b) Become a big fat ugly crutch. Thoughts?

      • I have not used it (or even seen it as I no longer teach Hebrew) but my guess is it would be both, being easier it would keep you reading, but also it would be a crutch. However, crutches help us to get around till we can walk well without them, so unless you read Hebrew ‘couramment’ a crutch could be good!

      • My first thoughts are that it could certainly have a place. Since it only “gives away” forms of words that occur less than 100 times, an elementary student who has (ostensibly) learned the more frequent words is still responsible for those.

        I can imagine an end-of-first-year student using the Reader’s Bible to have opportunity to “run rapidly” through texts using the tools she’s learned, while relying on the glosses to “feed” her the words she still has to learn. It’s “aerobic” reading. Of course, other times, she’s going to have to put the Reader’s Bible down and slog through the text slowly and “anaerobicly.”

    • Whoa, Tim, way to up the ante!
      *fingers collar nervously*

      I’ve actually been doing something like that for my current raft of Elementary Greek students…a special situation, I am taking over their second semester, and their first-semester teacher did not have them reading aloud much at all. Here are a couple of videos that I made for them:

      I read in both Erasmian and a modified Modern, and I think my Erasmian—which I haven’t used in many years—shows everyone that I’m willing to take a public prat-fall in the interest of pedagogy. :^)

      So, now that you mention it, a few select Hebrew readings will probably be a great supplement to my series. Just let me get the already-planned works off the ground.

  2. Thanks gentlemen! I fall in the category of elementary hebrew student who has grossly neglected what she’s learned, so a crutch would probably not be all bad.
    It would be great to have some texts available for listening too… you know, in your free time.

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