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Language Course

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.

All courses are taught using The Polis Method which immerses students in the target language from the very first class which allows learning in a more natural way. The Polis Method focuses on total immersion and speech fluency and we believe helps students acquire the language quicker than the traditional grammar translation method.

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 introduced from the beginning 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 deeply rooted 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 to be 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 handle a text of classical prose without an excessive use of a dictionary.

The textbook used in this course was written especially for these purposes by Eyal Nahum.

Enrollment

Open

Program Dates

Feb 16 – Jun 17, 2021

Program Length

4 Months

Location

Jerusalem, (US Time)

Courses

Biblical Hebrew II

In-person

Total Hours

100 Academic Hours

Dates

February 16, 2021 – June 17, 2021

Schedule

Jerusalem: Tuesday/Thursday 14:00-16:45 (GMT +3)

Tuition

ILS 2,250

More Information

Students will study the basic morphology and vocabulary of the language using The Polis Method. They will gain the ability to hold a very simple conversation in Biblical Hebrew and to understand directly, without relying on translation, a selection of very simple excerpts from the Bible. Special focus will be put on (gradually) learning the alphabet and on the correct reading of the texts and exercises in the textbook. The final grade will be comprised of a homework, attendance and class participation quizzes, and an oral assignment

There will only be a group in Jerusalem

Registration is based on a placement test or completion of level I.

 

Biblical Hebrew III

Online

Total Hours

90 Academic Hours

Dates

February 16, 2021 – June 17, 2021

Schedule

Online: Monday 15:40-18:15, Friday 13:00-15:15 (GMT+2)

More Information

There will only be an online group

Registration is based on a placement test or completion of level II.

Biblical Hebrew V

In-person

Total Hours

60 Academic Hours

Dates

February 16, 2021 – June 17, 2021

Schedule

Jerusalem: Tuesday/Thursday 11:15-12:45 (GMT +3)

Tuition

ILS 1,750

More Information

There will only be a group in Jerusalem

Registration is based on a placement test or completion of level IV.

Readings

In-person

Total Hours

30 Academic Hours

Dates

February 16, 2021 – June 17, 2021

Schedule

Jerusalem: Thursday 17:45-20:00

More Information

There will only be a group in Jerusalem.

 

How to Apply
Fees

Admissions

Fees

Registration Fee

ILS 350

Students who have been accepted to a program will be asked to confirm their attendance by paying the registration fee which is part of the total tuition fee for the academic year when they begin their studies.

Early Registration Discount

ILS 200

Discount is available for students who register and pay in full by February 3, 2021.

Tuition Fee
Biblical Hebrew II
In-person
Biblical Hebrew III
Online
Biblical Hebrew V
In-person
Readings
In-person
ILS 2250ILS 1750