We at Aleph with Beth believe that the biblical languages can and should be the new normal for discipleship. For a long time, learning Hebrew and Greek has been something reserved for pastors, leaders and priests, and for those laypeople with the money to pay for expensive language classes. This has led knowledge of the biblical languages to be associated with the educated “spiritually elite.” But we now live in an unprecedented time when God has given us new tools and technology to make biblical languages available to everyone in the world—for free! You can read more about our philosophy of free resources here.
Many people who set out to learn biblical Hebrew never reach their goals, and the few who do make progress struggle to retain and use what they’ve learned. The fact is, most people in the world weren’t designed to learn a language by using a textbook and memorizing lots of rules. Instead, we learn a language best by using it: hearing and speaking it. Everyone has the innate, God-given ability to learn a language in the natural way they learned to speak their mother tongue as children: first listening, understanding, speaking little by little, and then the alphabet and grammar rules. Aleph with Beth approximates this natural, immersive style of learning, slowly building your comprehension as you watch. This natural way of learning a language is fun and enjoyable, and also more effective over time, as the sounds and grammar of biblical Hebrew work their way into your long-term memory through repetition and use.
In the western world we have an “embarrassment of riches.” We have thousands of biblical resources one click away, and in the language we understand best, but, meanwhile, there are millions of people in other countries who don’t even have a Bible in their mother tongue. So our goal is to empower the global church with the biblical languages, as well as train people who will be involved in Bible translation. In order to do that, our videos have to be as accessible as possible to anyone of any language so that nobody has to first learn English in order to then learn Hebrew. That’s why you’ll never hear explanations in English in our video lessons. You’ll learn Hebrew through… Hebrew! Meanwhile, we’re working to create supplemental grammar resources and to partner with volunteers all over the world to translate them into major languages so that everyone can access the tools they need to understand Hebrew thoroughly.
We invite you to join us on this journey into the language of the Hebrew Bible! Check out our fun and immersive lessons on our YouTube channel, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t you miss the latest lessons, and please share with friends from other countries and language backgrounds who may be interested in learning Hebrew! Also please feel free to download our videos and resources and distribute offline to those with limited internet access. Those with least access are those we most want to empower.
Who We Are
Beth (Bethany) was always fascinated with languages since she was a child (you can tour her crazy language notebook from high school here). She also has gift for art (which you can see on her Instagram here). Her interests led her get a masters of Linguistics from the University of North Dakota, and now she is working on a PhD in biblical Hebrew through the University of the Free State in South Africa. She served for five years in Colombia teaching future missionaries things like Second Language Acquisition and Phonetics. After that she went to study Hebrew at the Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators, where she met Andrew.
What about Andrew? In short, he’s is a translation consultant who has written a lot of music, a handful of books, created some prayer apps, runs a podcast, and served in Equatorial Guinea. Now he and Beth live and work in Oaxaca, Mexico where Andrew grew up. Feel free to follow us on Facebook here.