IMPORTANT: You must use the Firefox web browser if your professor requires you to type Greek or Hebrew into a Blackboard textbox. The Firefox web browser is a free download. You cannot use Microsoft Internet Explorer at this time – it generates an underlying code that fails to display the biblical language fonts in all browsers.
In addition, you will need to work through the following steps if your professor wants you to submit Greek or Hebrew text within the Blackboard 9.1 environment.
1. You will need to have the BibleWorks Greek and Hebrew fonts installed on your computer. You can download the fonts free of charge from the BibleWorks site at:
Fonts are available for both PC and Macintosh computers. The BibleWorks site provides instructions for installing the fonts. Keyboard maps are provided as well.
2. You will need to choose the Biblical Languages option on the Blackboard home page. The link is located at the bottom of the Blackboard login page under Available languages . Click the English (Biblical Languages ver2) link to choose this language option. It looks like this:
Greek and Hebrew
3.You will need to use Blackboard’s advance textbox to type Greek or Hebrew fonts within the Blackboard environment.
Follow these steps to ensure that you have the correct textbox selected:
- Log into your Blackboard account.
- On the Welcome Page, click the Personal Information link.
- On the Personal Information page, click the Change Personal Settings link.
- Make sure the Visual Text Box Editor is available. If you have to make any changes on this page, be sure to click the Submit button to save your changes!
Notice that this is another area where you can choose the Biblical Languages language pack.
When you have completed the above steps, you will be able to enter the following Biblical language fonts in a Blackboard textbox field:
- BibleWorks Greek
- BibleWorks Greek Italic
- BibleWorks Hebrew
Suggestions for Typing Hebrew and Greek
After choosing a Biblical language in the drop-down list, do not click in the textbox field with your cursor. If you do, the font option will revert back to the default font. Instead, immediately begin typing. After you begin typing you can click in the textbox field – at this point it won’t alter the font.
After entering a letter or word, please resize it so that it is more visible. In the example below, the student has highlighted the word and chosen number 5 size font. This will make it much easier for you and your professor to read.