Writing in Hebrew and Greek Using Your Keyboard

About Sarah Blake LaRose

Sarah Blake LaRose is a freelance writer and a professor of Biblical Hebrew at Anderson University School of Theology in Anderson, Indiana. She is one of three blind academic scholars who received the Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind in 2016 in recognition of innovative work in the field of access to biblical language texts and tools for people who are blind.

Overview of the Keyboards

Note: If you are looking for information about writing in Hebrew on a Mad, please go to <a href="/mac"the Mac page.

These keyboards are provided by Logos Systems to make writing Hebrew and Greek intuitive for English speakers. Hebrew and Greek letters are mapped as nearly as possible to their phonetic English equivalents. Occasionally this is not possible due to lack of a phonetic equivalent (e.g. the Hebrew khet) or multiple letters with a somewhat similar sound (e.g. Greek omicron and omega). In these cases, a key whose English sound has no equivalent in the other language is used.

The links on this page allow you to download the keyboards and learn the key assignments. Additional information is provided about installing the keyboard and configuring your computer to provide you with spoken feedback regarding the characters while typing or reading by letter.

Download the Keyboards

Download the appropriate keyboard for the language you wish to use by pressing enter on the link and choosing save. Do not run them from this site. These are executable files.

After the download completes, click on the file you downloaded. It will run a program and extract the keyboard files to a folder on your computer. You will then need to go to this folder and select the installation program to run. This program will configure your computer for input in that language.

Important Notes

Windows 7 has a snazzy new native polytonic Greek keyboard. Give it a try! To install it, add Greek as an input language and then add a keyboard. You will need to select the correct Greek keyboard, as there are several. It is called Greek polytonic. I used the Logos Greek keyboard with XP but am quite impressed with this. It is mostly phonetic and there are only a couple of letter differences. I like the placement of the diacritics very much. The key map is compared to the Logos key map on the Greek keyboard layout page, linked below..

About language packs: Do not confuse language packs with necessities for language input. Language packs have a truly important place; but that place is not for the biblical scholar. These allow for converting the Windows interface (menus, help system, and all) into other language. Very useful for people who need it, but this has nothing to do with typing in Greek or Hebrew.

Keyboard Layout Maps

To learn the layout of the keyboards, and to test whether your computer is displaying the characters correctly, go to the link for each language.

Hebrew Key Map
Greek Key Map

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