Thursday, August 17, 2006

Audio: Hearing the Hebrew

Here are some neat resources:
Over the past few years, several WebSites have appeared that make the Hebrew Bible available to be heard read aloud. I think this is an especially nice resource for students of Biblical Hebrew to use at home to strongly beef up their pronunciation abilities. You can access the first such site here. It makes available audio recordings organized chapter-by-chapter through Bible. The files are provided by Audio Scriptures International and the United Bible Society, ©1976; they are not chanted with a melody, but are clearly pronounced in Sephardic-style Hebrew. What I believe are the same files are also available here, at audioscriptures itself.

Second, you can also hear the Torah read verse by verse at the Navigating the Bible site. Click on English --> Torah. You get the weekly Torah reading with Hebrew, translation, simple transliteration and chanting. Clicking on the little speaker icons by the verse numbers brings up RealPlayer and a voice chanting the verse in a very pleasant melody. Navigating the site can take some patience. Here is an acrobat chart that may help.

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