Hello, fellow Hebrew students! My name is Richard McDonald. I am a high school history teacher at Whitefield Academy in Louisville, KY. I also serve as an adjunct instructor at Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. I graduated with my Ph.D. in Hebrew from Southern in 2014.
While at Southern, I had the opportunity to assist Drs. Russell Fuller and T. J. Betts in their Hebrew classes. Over the years I noticed that students typically lost momentum in keeping up their Hebrew once they finished their Hebrew classes. Admittedly, Hebrew can be difficult, and with the pressures of family, ministry, school, work, etc. it’s easy to let Hebrew go. Because Greek comes easier to most students, it is Greek that is often retained after school.
My hope for this site is to provide those who currently read biblical Hebrew – and those who want to start reading again – a place to refresh your memory of those lessons taught in your Hebrew classes. Similar to Dr. Rob Plummer’s Daily Dose of Greek, I want to provide short videos analyzing the grammar and morphology of one or two verses in the Hebrew Bible. However, I also want to write posts that go into more detail about a grammatical topic, that highlight a section of a grammar (like Gesenius, Joüon, etc.), or that discusses any other topic related to Hebrew grammar.
Why this site? Why another Hebrew site when Dr. Mark Futato has recently launched the very helpful Daily Dose of Hebrew (Dr. Tom Blanchard, who authored keepyourhebrew.com, now contributes on DDH)? Options. I think students are better served when they have options. Perhaps a student likes the presentation of one site over another, etc. Or what is more likely, you may dislike the sound of my voice when I read Hebrew. Drs. Futato’s and Blanchard’s readings are certainly more pleasing to the ear. I should note that Your Hebrew Tutor is not meant to compete with Daily Dose of Hebrew. The Daily Dose sites are very good tools, and the more tools available to you, the better.
Another motivation for this site is that in my analysis I will employ traditional Semitic grammatical categories: the adverbial accusative of specification, absolute object, intensive Piel, etc. This is in contrast to newer grammars like van der Merwe-Naudé-Kroeze and even in some degree to grammars like Waltke-O’Connor. As such, I will often refer readers to the traditional grammars like Gesenius-Kautzch and Joüon-Muraoka (and once it is published, Dr. Russell Fuller’s Hebrew syntax).
Thank you for visiting this site, and I pray it will benefit you as you read God’s Word.