Excurses: Names and Places

In this section you will learn the names of the more famous (familiar) persons and places in Bible. The Hebrew spellings and their transciptions are as given below. However, you will need to flip the flash cards in the exercise below to learn the meaning of, and hear, the names pronounced in Hebrew.

Do your best to memorize these names. They occur over and over again.


יִשְׂרָאֵל  /yis·ra·el/ – New Consonant Sin שׂ – makes the /S/ sound. Note the dot on the left arm. Apart from the dot, it looks exactly like Shin שׁ, so be careful.
כְנָעַן  /khə·na·an/ – Canaan
מִצְרַיִם  /mitz·ra·yeem/ – Egypt

 יְרוּשָׁלִַם /yə·roo·sha·la·eem/  – Jerusalem


אֱלֹהִים  /el·oh·heem/ – Elohim, God
אָדָם  /a·dahm/ – Adam (also adam meaning land)
אַבְרָהָם  /av·vra·ham/ – Abraham
נֹחַ  /no·ach/ – Noah
אֲבִימֶלֶךְ  /a·vee·me·lek/ – Abimelekh
רִבְקָה  /riv·qah/ – Rebecca
יִצְחָק  /yeetz·chaq/ – Isaac
יַעֲקֹב  /ya·a·qov/ – Jacob
עֵשָׂו  /ey·sav/ – Esau
חַוָּה /chav·vah/ – Eve

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