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Master the Biblical Hebrew Verbal System — Quickly and Easily!
Utilizing ancient memory principles, students of Biblical Hebrew will quickly learn: the verbal system, the seven stems of the Strong Verbs in Hebrew and much more!
The "Triad Sytem" transforms abstract letters and vowels into concrete and easily rememerable signs. Students using this method will progress quickly in mastering the most difficult aspect of any language — the verbal system.
"The Triad System" is a unique and previously unseen system of memorization based on time proven principles of memory.
If you've ever struggled with learning Hebrew or thought learning Hebrew was out of your grasp, this is a "must-have" addition to your library!
This text is a complete system of memorization for Biblical Hebrew paradigms, not a Hebrew Grammar.
A standard Hebrew Grammar will be necessary to benefit the most from this amazing system of memorization.
From the author of the best-selling Hebrew Vocabulary book, "Biblical Hebrew: Vocabulary Made Easy!"

Publicado: Blair Kasfeldt el
ISBN: 9781301814725
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Nothing that you have seen or heard is useful, however, unless you deposit what you should see and hear in the treasury of your memory.

-Saint Jerome

The Triad System has been developed over several years with the aim to help students of Biblical Hebrew. In particular, to help students learn the most challenging aspect of any language, the verbal system.

The beginning of this comprehensive memory system began while I was in seminary taking Hebrew in 2008. While studying, I knew there had to be a better method of learning Hebrew grammar, particularly the Hebrew verbs.

I loved Hebrew, but hated having to learn it by mechanical rote memory work. Learning by rote worked for the short term (which I promptly forgot by the next exam), but I hated learning this way. Soon I would forget what I had just learned — regardless of how much I pounded Hebrew into my mind via rote memorizing.

Having previously studied mnemonics (memory aids) in various memory improvement books, I began to apply what I knew of mnemonics and applied them to learning Hebrew. I developed a complex formula for learning pronominal suffixes and the various prefixes (preformatives for the linguists) and suffixes (afformatives) for Hebrew verbs.

The method I developed required time and was initially a bulky system to learn. But I loved learning the system I had devised, and better yet, it worked!

While the system I initially developed worked wonderfully, the complexity along with the time and effort required to structure one’s memory for learning in such a manner, seemed unlikely to be accepted by modern students — whose memories are already overburdened.

Around 2010 I began studying more ancient texts and academic works on ancient and medieval mnemonics that I believed would help me arrive at a solution.

I was determined to find a solution that would be simple enough not to turn off the modern Hebrew student with rigorous demands, yet still be incredibly effective for learning. My goal was to develop a system that would help students retain and recall the necessary linguistic information for Biblical Hebrew.

Nearly four years after the development of my initial memory system in seminary, I have developed The Triad System which is both highly effective and simple.

Enjoy Learning Hebrew

A major concern of mine while developing The Triad System was the perceived complexity of mnemonics. All mnemonics are actually quite simple, but do require some effort and preparation.

Yet in the long run, you will save a great deal of time and enjoy the process of learning by heart (memorizing) by using mnemonics. By taking a few minutes to learn the given mnemonics in this system, it will pay you huge dividends. Namely, learning Hebrew with minimal frustration.

This course has been developed with the modern Hebrew student in mind — whether in self-study, undergraduate or graduate studies. I have seen nothing similar to this program of how to learn Hebrew by heart. As far as I know, it is a unique system that I believe will help you tremendously in your studies of the Hebrew language.

Please note that this is not a scholarly or academic work. Detailed footnotes and references are not included. My aim for developing and disseminating this information is purely pragmatic. I want you to learn Hebrew and not despair over the memory work required in learning a new language.

My desire is that you not only to learn Hebrew grammar more quickly than you ever thought possible, but to also delight in Hebrew. When you have both these elements, you will be more likely to continue reading and learning Biblical Hebrew.

To delight in the subject matter you are learning is a key element in retaining information in your memory. This system will assist you in that endeavor by reducing the most laborious activity of learning any language —memory work.

Ancient History, Education and the Modern Student

This course for learning Hebrew grammar is rooted in the principles of the ancient art of memory. While basic (and broad) historical references will be given to the mnemonic principles employed, it is not the purpose, or within the scope, of this course to give historical information on the development and practice of the art of memory. Yet, all the principles in this course have been derived from such teachings.

To the ancients, part of education, indeed inseparable from education, was the inculcation of how to remember — by means of mnemonics, or memory aids. This practice continued in Europe as memory treatises abounded and were published in the fifteenth and sixteenth century for preachers and laity alike.

These aids to memorization were important for a twofold reason: one, memory was thought of as a treasure house or treasury of riches which one could draw on. If one forgot what was taught, there was no value in having learned it in the first place. Secondly, written materials were scarce. Prior the printing press, there was obviously a greater reliance upon memory.

In the pre-modern mindset, memory was not understood as we look upon it today with our scientific understanding. To have learned by heart was not a mechanical process by which random facts were filled loosely in a sort of unorganized junk file, later to be hopefully retrieved without any structured approach.

If an organizational scheme was not imposed upon learning and memorizing, learning did not truly take place. Rote learning, to the pre-modern, was no learning at all as no organizational retrieval scheme was imposed upon the material to later retrieve the information.

Think of trying to find a book in a library that had no system of organizing its books. You might find the book you are looking for, if you are very lucky, but it is a poor approach.

In addition, to learn by heart was inseparable from character development and acting ethically and wisely — memory was ascribed to prudence, especially by Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas included a short memory treatise in his Summa Theologica (a massive work which is thought to have been composed by memory with very few written notes!).

Living in a modern documentarian age, memory in education is generally enforced by means of rote drilling. To memorize is almost a dirty word in modern education, used only when necessary by educators.

While repetition has always been understood as necessary for retaining and even learning new material, the processes and guidelines given over the centuries for learning by heart (that is, to imprint the material on our minds — much like that of a signet ring to wax, or a wax tablet written upon) have been entirely, or largely, ignored by modern educators.

It is the purpose of this course to teach the student how to memorize in a highly effective manner that is based upon the ancient methods of memorizing and principles of time proven mnemonics.

By learning this simple system, the student will learn how to imprint (what modern scientists would call encoding) on his or her mind the Hebrew language. You will do so by using foundational techniques taught in the art of memory that engages both the senses and the imagination.

A Final Word of Encouragement

If you are of normal health, you have an amazing memory! If you have been telling yourself over the years that you have a poor memory, STOP telling yourself that NOW!

It is important not to undermine your own confidence or give yourself self-fulfilling prophecies regarding your memory.

You DO have an amazing memory. You will prove it to yourself by following this course. You CAN learn Biblical Hebrew, even if you have failed to do so in the past.

I am borderline dyslexic. If I can learn Hebrew, you can as well!


Hebrew Grammar and this Course

But above all, I beseech and entreat your clemency to be urgent with the Procureur that he may kindly permit me to have my Hebrew Bible, Hebrew Grammar and Hebrew Dictionary, that I may spend time with that in study.


Please understand that this course is primarily concerned with teaching you a method of learning the Hebrew paradigms by heart and other parts of speech in Hebrew. This course in no way replaces the necessity of a good Hebrew grammar. You will need to become familiar with the rules of the grammar and syntax of Hebrew from a good Hebrew