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What if I really struggle learning languages?

Then you are exactly the kind of student that makes us love our jobs — because we know you can learn Hebrew! Probably the greatest difficulty for students to overcome is their fear of languages in general. We could explain to you how we introduce an oral component from the first day, encourage the community learning environment, teach students how the language works rather than just force mass memorization, or put you right into the text so that the joy of reading the Word affects you immediately, but the truth is — you just have to trust us. You are not the only person who believes they struggle with languages, but we have never had one who hasn’t learned to read. In fact, some of those who absolutely fall in love with Hebrew would tell you that they are not language people at all. We promise all our students that, if they will trust us and will work hard, they will be able to read Hebrew.

If I am serious about languages, why would I love this program?

Multnomah offers one of the finest Hebrew programs in the United States. Its strength is measured by the number of its students who continue to use their Hebrew after graduation, by the performance of its students who go on to advanced degrees at prestigious institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and by the commitment of its instructors to the refinement of Hebrew education in the classroom. Modeled after the graduate programs in which its instructors were trained, the MU Hebrew program is committed to the academic rigor required for those pursuing a future in higher education while still making Hebrew accessible and relevant for those who struggle with languages. Students who excel and have a heart for teaching are invited to become part of our tutoring program, and we incorporate tutors, TA’s, interns and practicum students into the teaching process wherever possible.

Meet your professors

Dr. Rebekah Josberger – Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament

Dr. Karl Kutz – Biblical Languages Chair, Professor Biblical Languages and Bible

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