Biblical Hebrew is the language of the Hebrew Bible. Written and composed 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, and historical accounts. Covering a time span of centuries, a set of beliefs and practices, and unforgettable human figures.
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Biblical Hebrew Fall
MA in Ancient Philology
MA in Near Eastern Languages
One-Year Program in Ancient Philology
One-Year Program in Near Eastern Languages
Meet the Students
I was seeking Biblical Hebrew and Ancient Greek courses and I came upon Polis. I am very thankful for my time there, the way Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew are taught felt very natural due to the full immersion method. Most of my time was spent speaking and listening to the language instead of memorizing textbooks. This is one of the reasons why the students of Polis are generally much more confident, fluent and knowledgeable in the target language than others. Polis being located in Jerusalem made it particularly attractive because the Holy Land is an important place to me. Jerusalem is a very interesting city that is rich in history and I am fortunate to have had an opportunity to live there.
One Year Program in Ancient Philology (’20)
New Jersey, U.S.A.
I wanted to become a more fluent thinker in Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew, and Polis offered this rare and unique opportunity. I have always had an interest in learning other languages and saw Polis as an opportunity to continue my studies. For the first time I was in classes more international than any I’ve taken before. In my Hebrew class of seventeen students, we represented fifteen different countries. Jerusalem, and by extension Polis, seems to attract students from all corners of the world. With the different languages, nationalities, and cultures come different minds and spark very interesting conversations.
MA in Ancient Philology (’18)
Polis is the only place where the Ancient languages are still living. Located in the Holy Land, the city of the Bible, Polis gives me a chance to go back to the Ancient World, and to meet the thoughts of the ancient saints and sages.
MA in Ancient Philology (’19)
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Hebrew Before Ivrit - The Life of a Language in Exile
The Inaugural Lecture at Polis Institute last week allowed Polis students and faculty to gain new insights into the life and survival of the Hebrew language in the past two […]