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Biblical Hebrew

Overview

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.

Programs

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Academic Programs

Jerusalem

Biblical Hebrew Fall 2022

Enrollment

Open

Dates

Oct 19, 2022 – Feb 15, 2023

Length

4 Months

Check here for the online offer, Biblical Hebrew I, Biblical Hebrew IV, Lunches I, Lunches III

Online

Biblical Hebrew Fall 2022 - ONLINE

Enrollment

Open

Dates

Oct 19, 2022 – Feb 15, 2023

Length

4 Months

Advanced Readings

International

Rome - Ancient languages and methodology courses - Summer 2022

Intensive

Enrollment

Closed

Dates

Jul 4 – 22, 2022

Length

3 Weeks

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Jerusalem

Ancient Philology - Third-Party Accredited MA

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Sep 1, 2022

Length

2 Years

ILS 27 / Year

Fluency in Hebrew

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Sep 1, 2022

Length

2 Years

ILS 27 / Year

Near Eastern Languages - Third-Party Accredited MA

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Sep 1, 2022

Length

2 Years

ILS 27 / Year
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Meet the Students

Stephen Chia

Singapore

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)

Anton Fleissner

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)

Shen Yichen

Wuhan, China

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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Courses

Biblical Hebrew

Biblical Hebrew I

Biblical Hebrew II

Biblical Hebrew III (Intensive)

Biblical Hebrew IV

Biblical Hebrew Readings

Biblical Hebrew V

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Philology

Introduction to Hebrew Literature

Introduction to Jewish Sources

Issues in Semitic Languages

Issues in Teaching Ancient Languages

Semitic Palaeography

Speech in Ancient Language

Speech in Biblical Hebrew