02 Reading Marks in Biblical Hebrew

Learn to Identify the Reading Marks that accompany the Masoretic Text

After you have learned to identify the consonants and the vowels in our previous course "Learn to Read and Write Biblical Hebrew", you will learn in this course about these additional reading marks:

  • The Shwas
  • Accents
  • The Dageshs
  • Open and Closed Syllables
  • Mappiq, Maqqef
  • Qamets Hatuf
  • Meteg

Course Goals

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between Vocal and Silent Shwa
  • Give the names and sounds of the three Compound Shwas
  • Divide words into Syllables
  • Explain where the accent is on Hebrew words
  • Read and translate the reading for this course
  • Translate the Vocables from Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew


Answer any questions from the Course

"Learn to Read and Write Biblical Hebrew"

Many years of teaching experience have taught us that it is important for students to have proper exercises to help review the material. We therefore included a grammar summary, 3 worksheets with writing and reading exercises, 3 reading exercises, and a final test.


You need to know the Hebrew alphabet and the Hebrew vowels.

Completion of the Course:

You get about 40 minutes of video time

If you do the worksheets, practice with the readings, and do the final tests at the end of every section, you can complete the course in approximately 5 hours of study time.

Your Instructor

Michal Shmuel
Michal Shmuel

Michal has over 5 years experience in teaching biblical Hebrew for the world's leading online language academy, eTeacher. She has taught biblical Hebrew at all levels to academic students (through Hebrew University, Jerusalem) and non-academic students in private tutorials and online classrooms. She holds an MA in Semitic Languages and focused mostly on biblical Hebrew during her studies, exploring the different stages of the language, the genres found in the bible, and the correspondence of grammar, semantics, style, etc. As a Hebrew language instructor she combines the didactic methods of different renowned Hebrew teachers with modern designs and expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Get started now!