Multnomah University offers one of the finest Hebrew programs in the country. 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 pursuing Hebrew Studies as a career or simply for personal enrichment, you will never regret the time you spend learning Hebrew and the insights it gives you into the biblical text.
These seminary programs require you to take biblical language classes:
If you want to earn one of these degrees, consult with your academic adviser about how Hebrew will fit into your program.
MU Hebrew program
This program is designed to help you become an informed reader of the text. Two years of Hebrew form the backbone of our program. After the two years of prescribed courses, all Hebrew elective classes will be open to you.
- 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. The fall 2015 course is being adapted to allow students to participate in the Green Scholars Initiative. Students will read Exodus from the Hebrew Bible, MU’s Torah scroll, and a Kaifeng text.
- 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.
- Textual Criticism & the Septuagint
Develop an understanding of how textual criticism, comparative philology and the use of the Septuagint apply to the analysis of biblical texts.
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.
- History of OT Scholarship & Interpretation
Trace the origins, developments, and key figures in the development of OT interpretive methods from ancient to contemporary periods.