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Language Course

Classical Syriac Fall


Classical Syriac is an Aramaic dialect that originated from the ancient city of Edessa (present-day Urfa in southeast Turkey) in the 1st century AD. In the course of the 1st millennium,  Classical Syriac became a major literary language of the Near East and the common language of the historically Aramaic-speaking churches where it is still used today as the language of liturgy and prayer. Boasting a wealth of original texts encompassing theology, literature and the sciences, Classical Syriac spread during its heyday to Christian communities in places as remote as China and South India, before its decline in the 13th century. A vast linguistic corpus and intellectual treasure trove, Classical Syriac is an indispensable tool for the study of Near Eastern history in general and Near Eastern Christianity in particular, and holds the key to accessing other, less well-documented and accessible variants of Aramaic.  

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.



Program Dates

Oct 12, 2020 – Feb 8, 2021

Program Length

4 Months


Jerusalem, (US Time)

The Instructors


Classical Syriac I

Total Hours

50 Academic Hours


October 12, 2020 – February 8, 2021


Jerusalem: Monday/Wednesday 11:15-12:45 (GMT +3), EU Online Group: Monday/Wednesday 10:15-11:45 (GMT+2), US Online Group: Monday/Wednesday 11:00-12:30 (GMT-4)


ILS 1,850 / Semester

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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.

Tuition Fee
Classical Syriac I
ILS 1,850 / semester