Academic Year 2019-2020
Semester I: October 22, 2019 - February 19, 2020
Semester II: February 27 - June 30, 2020
(for Summer Courses click here)
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 14:00-16:45
100 academic hours. Price: 2150 NIS/Semester*
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:15-12:45
60 academic hours. Price: 1650 NIS/Semester*
Readings (completion of BH IV required)
March 5, 12, 26 | April 16, 30 | May 7, 14, 26 | June 4, 11
Thursdays, 17:45-20:00 (+ Tuesday, May 26th, 17:45-20:00)
30 academic hours. Price: 1050 NIS/Semester (Please contact office for payment)
Schedules are subject to change.
Register in the office or online by emailing the registration form to and paying the 350 NIS registration fee (part of the total tuition fee) to reserve a seat in the course.
Courses will take place provided that a minimum of students register.
*There is a 200 NIS discount for students who register and pay in full by February 10, 2020
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Biblical Hebrew is the language of the Hebrew Bible. Written and composed for over centuries during the 1st millennium B.C., the Hebrew Bible is widely considered the greatest literary achievement of the ancient Near East. Written mostly in Hebrew, it covers a vast range of literary genres, historical accounts covering a time span of centuries, a set of beliefs and practices, and unforgettable human figures.
In this course students will be fully immersed into the language from the very first lesson in all four major linguistic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The only language to be used in the classroom from the first moment will be biblical Hebrew: Verses from the Bible will be gradually introduced already from the first stages of the course, analyzed and discussed in Hebrew. Students will command each other in biblical Hebrew, as if they were King Solomon himself!
No prior knowledge is expected from the students, as the alphabet, grammar and vocabulary will be gradually taught and assimilated.
The Bible opens up to us a world rooted far in human history, sometimes very different from ours, often difficult to understand. It is one of the aims of this course, to get the students acquainted not only with this ancient language, but also with biblical civilization: the geography of ancient Israel and the ancient Near East, basic concepts, beliefs and practices of the ancient Israelites, their social structures, their kings, prophets, judges and priests, their genealogies, as well as their enemies.
As the Hebrew Bible is considered by Jews and Christians as inspired by God, these texts will be studied with the utmost respect to the faith of each one.
By the end of the 5th semester (a total of 300 academic hours) students are expected to be able to tackle a text of classical prose without an excessive use of a dictionary.
The textbook to be used was especially written for the purposes of this course by Eyal Nahum.