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Conference in Chicago in June at Northridge Preparatory School

Conference in Chicago in June at Northridge Preparatory School

April 19, 2024

In collaboration with the Polis Insitute, Northridge Preparatory School is organizing a five day in-person conference in the Chicago area for current and aspiring teachers interested in learning how to teach Latin and Spanish using the full-immersion approach best exemplified in the Polis Method.  This training will equip current and aspiring teachers of Latin and […]

The FALL 2023 Semester will start on October 16

The FALL 2023 Semester will start on October 16

October 10, 2023

Considering the current situation in Jerusalem and the country, it was decided to postpone the start date of the Fall semester 2023-2024 to Monday, October 16. This applies to both, In-person and Online courses.  In-person courses will remain in-person at Polis, and online courses will remain online.  Please note that courses that are to be held on Mondays […]

FALL 2023 - Introduction to Ge'ez

FALL 2023 - Introduction to Ge'ez

September 26, 2023

Instructor Iosif Fridman In this course the students will learn to read and write using the traditional Ethiopicsyllabic writing system, as well as with the help of the transcription system used byscholars.

Soundscapes of Salvation: Resounding Refrains in Jewish and Christian Liturgical Poems

Soundscapes of Salvation: Resounding Refrains in Jewish and Christian Liturgical Poems

May 4, 2023

A lecture by Prof. Ophir Münz-Manor The Polis Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Souls and Sounds of the City We do not know how hymns in Late Antiquity sounded. We do know that refrains became an important aspect of hymnody in the period, not only among Christians in the capital accustomed to acclamations, but also among Hebrew-speaking Jews […]

Desiderius Erasmus, Johannes Reuchlin and the Hebrew Language

Desiderius Erasmus, Johannes Reuchlin and the Hebrew Language

March 8, 2023

The Polis Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Souls and Sounds of the City According to Reuchlin, only the Jews draw from the sources and therefore the Hebrew language “must be kissed tenderly and embraced with both arms,” by Christianity. Contrarily, in 1504 Erasmus wrote to a colleague, “I have been wholly absorbed by Greek…. I began to take […]

<strong>Instructor Oobie Weinberg Accepted for Research Position with Cambridge Digital Biblical Research</strong>

Instructor Oobie Weinberg Accepted for Research Position with Cambridge Digital Biblical Research

November 9, 2022

Congratulations to Polis graduate and Biblical Hebrew instructor Oobie Weinberg, who was recently accepted for a position as an exegete and researcher with Cambridge Digital Biblical Research https://www.cdbr.org/ .  Oobie will be joining a team of scholars to work on the Psalms Layer-by-Layer project  https://www.cdbr.org/psalms.  He will begin with three months of linguistic exegetical training and […]

<strong>NEW ONLINE COURSE: Introduction to Ugaritic Language and Literature</strong>

NEW ONLINE COURSE: Introduction to Ugaritic Language and Literature

November 7, 2022

Dr. Tania Notarius draws on her research to create this new course Ugaritic is an ancient Northwest Semitic language and an early cognate of Hebrew, Phoenician, and Aramaic.  Dr. Tania Notarius, our Head of Near Eastern Languages, leads research on the historical syntax of Ugaritic, which concentrates on diverse syntactic topics.  Her interest in the […]

Dean Christophe Rico is Interviewed About St. Jerome’s Vulgate

Dean Christophe Rico is Interviewed About St. Jerome’s Vulgate

November 3, 2022

In this article by Jonah McKeown, which appears on the Catholic News Agency website September 30, 2022, Dean Christophe Rico explains why he feels that there is no other translation of the Bible as good as the Vulgate Most people know that St. Jerome — whose feast day the Catholic Church celebrates on Sept. 30 — is […]

The Final and Penultimate Vowels in Latin Grammarians

The Final and Penultimate Vowels in Latin Grammarians

November 3, 2022

Dr. Marin Popan will be delivering a free lecture November 11, 2022 The lecture is based on research of the corpus of Latin grammarians (Corpus grammaticorum latinorum) in terms of how they understood the length of syllables, accents, and prosody of words or sequences of words. These topics will be presented from the perspective of […]

Dies Academicus Lecture Series Explores the OPEN-JERUSALEM Project

Dies Academicus Lecture Series Explores the OPEN-JERUSALEM Project

October 14, 2022

In Jerusalem, all nationalities and faiths intersect. Many historians limit their studies to only one community, contributing to a segmented historical narrative. Since its launch in 2014, the European Project www.openjerusalem.org , which is supported by the European Research Council (ERC), has been working to produce a scientific, connected, and unbiased history of citadinité in […]