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Biblical Hebrew Courses
Biblical Hebrew – Level A
Get acquainted with basic features of Biblical Hebrew.
The classwork itself focuses on reading the Bible in its original language. Over the course of the semester, students learn the Hebrew alphabet and vowels, familiarize themselves with the elementary noun and verbal paradigms, and acquire 450 common Biblical Hebrew words.
Even grammatical topics are taught within the framework of some of the Bible’s most compelling stories. By the end of the term, students will possess a basic vocabulary, be able to read and pronounce all the letters and vowels of the alphabet, and have a working knowledge of the language’s elementary syntactical features. Last but not least, you will acquire a deep sense for the original Hebrew meanings of the Biblical stories.
Biblical Hebrew – Level B
Improve your ability to read the Hebrew Bible.
The B-level classes focus on reading the Hebrew Bible in its original language. Over the course students build a solid foundation for proficiently reading prosaic texts. Furthermore, they get a better feel for the morphology of nouns and verbs, master additional syntactical structures, and expand their vocabulary. As a result, students vastly improve their ability to comprehend the Hebrew Scriptures. The grammatical topics are taught within the framework of well-known Biblical stories.
By the end of the course, students will
|have expanded their Biblical Hebrew vocabulary.|
|have a better understanding of Hebrew morphology.|
|have improved their knowledge of the language’s syntactical construction.|
Biblical Hebrew – Level C
Become an independent reader of the Hebrew Bible.
The emphasis of this course will be on reading Biblical texts and working with dictionaries and tools of grammar. Throughout the semester, students enhance their vocabulary and learn advanced grammatical topics. Moreover, the teachers help them comprehend and translate the Biblical Hebrew’s verbal tense system. With the help of various learning aids and drills, the class reads and discusses prose sections from the Bible.
By the end of the term, students will
|have significantly improved their reading skills.|
|be more familiar with Biblical Hebrew literature and grammar.|
|be adept at using Hebrew-English dictionaries and other grammar tools.|
By virtue of these skills, students will feel comfortable enough with ancient Hebrew to tackle new Biblical passages on an independent basis.
Biblical Hebrew – Level D
Ready for Biblical poetry, prophecies and wisdom literature?
This advanced-level course concentrates on reading a variety of Biblical genres: poetry (such as the Book of Psalms), prophecies (Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.) and wisdom literature (Proverbs and Ecclesiastes). In-class discussions are held on Biblical poetry techniques, the unique syntax and vocabulary of all the above-mentioned genres, and the historical background of different texts.
By semester’s end, students will
|have enriched their vocabulary.|
|be more familiar with the unique grammar and stylistic techniques of Biblical poetry.|
|be able to read complex Biblical prophecies and wisdom literature texts in the Hebrew original.|
Biblical Hebrew – Level E
Become familiar with the history of Biblical Hebrew.
Level E, which is designed for advanced students, explores historical and comparative aspects of the Biblical Hebrew. Throughout the term, students read and compare texts from the following periods: early Biblical poetry, Classical Hebrew, and late Biblical Hebrew. What’s more, they are exposed to relevant extra-Biblical literature, such as epigraphic documents and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
By the end of the semester, students will
|be able to recognize the different Biblical Hebrew registers.|
|understand the implications of these same registers on the meaning of texts.|
|have acquired a broad historical background of the ancient tongue.|
Aramaic- Level A
Learn Biblical Aramaic
We are excited to announce the opening of a new and unique language course: Biblical Aramaic! Now you can learn this fascinating ancient language and gain a deeper sense for those Biblical prophecies that were originally penned in Aramaic.
Why study Aramaic?
|Read texts from the original Aramaic sections of the books of Daniel and Ezra|
|Get the original meaning of Biblical prophecies|
|Learn a language that will enrich your understanding of the Biblical Hebrew|
The classwork in Level A focuses on reading the Old Testament texts that were written in Aramaic. Over the course of the semester, participants will familiarize themselves with the basic Aramaic nouns and verbal paradigms, and acquire some 200 common Aramaic words. The grammatical topics are taught through the prism of the relevant sections of the Book of Ezra and the Aramaic prophecies in Daniel. The class meets once a week and the students are expected to complete the homework that is assigned after each session.
Biblical Greek Courses
Biblical Greek– Level A
Get acquainted with basic features of Biblical Greek.
The classroom focuses on reading the New Testament in its original language and the Hebrew Bible in its Greek translation, known as the Septuagint.
Over the course of the semester, students learn the Greek alphabet and its pronunciation, familiarize themselves with the elementary noun and verb paradigms, and acquire a basic vocabulary of words frequently used in these texts.
Grammatical topics and vocabulary are illustrated by original verses, especially from the gospels of Matthew and John and the Book of Genesis, frequently illustrated by Christian and Jewish art of the medieval period and the Renaissance. By the end of the term, students will possess a basic vocabulary, be able to read and pronounce all the letters of the alphabet, and have a working knowledge of the language’s elementary syntactical features. There is special emphasis on the close connection between the two Testaments, both linguistic and literary.