Experience one of the nation’s finest Hebrew programs
Designed for long-term retention, our program focuses on helping you understand how the language works and then providing a solid grounding in Hebrew by having you read as extensively as possible. Whether you pursue Hebrew studies as a career or simply for personal enrichment, you won’t regret the time you spend learning Hebrew and the insights it gives you into the biblical text.
Hebrew program and courses
Whether you want to take one year of Hebrew or make it your major concentration, this program is designed to help you become an informed reader of the text. Three years of Hebrew form the backbone of our program with an additional four semesters of advanced electives.
- First-year Hebrew Grammar. Learn the basics of Hebrew grammar and translate extensively from the story of Joseph (a graded reader), Ruth, Jonah and portions of Esther.
- Second-year Hebrew Reading. Learn to find and express the meaning of a text through exegesis and thoughtful translation. Translate passages from the life of David (I-II Samuel and Psalms) and Ecclesiastes.
- Third-year Hebrew Exegesis Seminar. This is our pride and joy, our capstone course. In a seminar setting, you will discuss the translation, interpretation, and significance of Isaiah, Deuteronomy, or Job (based on a three-year rotation).
- Advanced Grammar & Composition. Develop and internalize your Hebrew skills through the study of Hebrew morphology, grammar and syntax. Practice composing narrative and poetic texts in Hebrew.
- Issues in Exegesis. Develop an understanding of how textual criticism, comparative philology and literary theory apply to the analysis of biblical texts.
- Aramaic. Learn the basics of Aramaic grammar and translate the Aramaic sections of Scripture as well as selections from ancient inscriptions, Elephantine papyri and Targums.
- Readings in Rabbinic Hebrew. Trace Jewish interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Targums, Midrashic texts, Babylonian Talmud and medieval rabbinic commentators. Topics include texts relevant to the study of the New Testament.