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Question For Ya'aqub And Ewan
Shlama my friends,

I just purchased 'A Hebrew New Covenant of the Aramaic Peshitta'.

It hasn't gotten here yet, but I'm way excited that I finally got a copy (for $25.00 too!!).

I bought these books and tapes from to learn Sephardic (Modern???) Hebrew with:

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And more importantly these:

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I was wondering if either of you have ever read these books, and if so, do you think that I can learn enough Modern Hebrew to read The Hebrew New Covenant from The Aramaic Peshitta?

And here's one more learning Hebrew book that I want too:

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Thank you both for taking the time to answer my questions here, I appreciate you both helping me.

Ewan, is "MacLeod" pronounced "McCloud"? Just wondering.

Shlama in Maran Yeshua, Albion
Sh'lama Albion,

Not to intrude, but figured I'd throw in my two cents for you here, if they can be of any use?

This is purported to be the best:
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And if you're a full-sensory learner as myself:
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What the heck, I'll share a little secret as well:
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The first one covers the gamut of Hebrew (modern + biblical) with instructor access and a cheap payment plan available. Pimsleur, Maskilon, and RosettaStone come to mind, yet I can't quite remember where that speed-learning program for diplomats is to be found. Avi ben Mordecai's wife also instructs online live from their home in Yisrael <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m -->. Many blessings to ya!

Akh Ryan
Even if you want to learn Hebrew for a specific purpose, such as to read the Hebrew New Covenant, I would still highly recommend trying to learn to speak the language, rather than just learning to read and write it. When you can speak a language, and hold a conversation, you learn it at a much deeper level, and learn to think in the language, rather than thinking in your own language and translating. This is why one of Paul Younan's posts said that he gets frustrated arguing over the meaning of Aramaic words with people who can't speak the language. Speaking will let you see the vocabulary used over a much wider range of uses, and you will learn to parse verbs, for example, instantly rather than recognising a form only when you read it.

I don't have any first-hand knowledge of the books you list, although I have seen most of them. I went to an Ulpan (language school) in Israel for 6 months, then worked for an Israeli company in Israel for 4.5 years. "The diplomats" presumably use this course:
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which I have, and have gone through in detail. It is very good, and you will definitely learn the language well from it. However, the Hebrew is typed and not very clear, it is a bit dated now, and the vocabulary is very geared towards what diplomats would use. The Linguaphone Hebrew is also very good, but it has not been updated since the 1970s, and although still good, some words have gone out of fashion in modern Israel, like nobody would use "taxi" in Israel for a taxi-cab, everyone would say "monit".

PS. My surname is pronounced Ma-Cloud, as in the name of the main character in the film "Highlander".

PPS. Once you understand Hebrew, and there are lots of courses to help you do that, learning Aramaic is very easy because the words, roots, verb forms, etc. have very strong parallels in both languages.

- Ewan MacLeod
Shlama Ryan and Ewan,

Thank you both for your replies and for your help. I greatly appreciate it.

Ya'aqub, I hope I have not done or said anything here on the forum to offend you in any way. I consider you a dear friend, and I do hope our friendship continues.

Ewan, This is really none of my business, but I'm just wondering. You write as though you have spent some time in Eratz Israel. Is this true? The reason that I ask is that I know that there are now over 10,000 Messianic Jewish Believers there in Israel. I sort of don't know what your spiritual perspective is, I take it that you are a Gentile because of your surname (obviously we both have a lot of Celtic blood). I was just wondering if you have ever attended a Messianic congregation there in Israel.

If you have, I would like to ask some questions about your experience with doing that and how you were treated as a Gentile.

I think I've said somewhere else on the forum here that I'm basically a Zionist, and I think of myself as a Messianic Gentile.

I don't know at this late date in my life if we'll ever get to Israel or not, but I would sure like to experience worship among a native Israeli (Sabra) Messianic congregation. So I was just wondering if in your travels to Israel if you have experienced this and you might be willing to tell me about it.

I thank both of you again for your kind help here.

Shlama in Maran Yeshua,
Shlama Albion,

Albion Wrote:Ya'aqub, I hope I have not done or said anything here on the forum to offend you in any way. I consider you a dear friend, and I do hope our friendship continues.

No, never. You haven't offended me. I've been off and on the forum just checking in every once in a while. I've been under the weather so I haven't been participating much.

I agree with Ewan. It's a very good idea to be able to speak Hebrew if you really want to read it well. You can get by just by being able to read it, but if you absorb yourself in the language and the culture this would be very helpful.


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