At Multnomah, learning Hebrew ignites a passion for God through his Word. Understanding Hebrew enables students to draw from the wealth of the original language of Scripture. Hebrew is an avenue to ask the difficult questions of theology and life within a transparent and honest search for answers. Studying Hebrew can enhance the effectiveness of pastoral ministry, supply prospective translators with a background in linguistic and translation work, or simply enrich your personal study of God’s Word. Our program is built for long-term retention of the language. As you pursue a B.A. in Hebrew, the Scriptures will come alive in a whole new way as the original language sharpens your sensitivity to meaning and fosters fresh insights.

Ways to study

Undergraduate (Major or Minor) | On-campus

Course plan


Online option

First-year Hebrew

Application deadlines

Experience one of the nation’s finest Hebrew programs

We are passionate about the Hebrew language because we love God and treasure His Word. We provide a solid grounding in Hebrew by helping you understand how the language works as you read extensively in the language. Whether you pursue Hebrew as a career or simply for personal enrichment, your understanding of the Hebrew language will transform your study of the biblical text.

Learn more about our Biblical Hebrew program.

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Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes or advanced electives that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

Learn the basics of Hebrew grammar and translate extensively from the story of Joseph (a graded reader), Ruth, Jonah and portions of Esther.

Learn the basics of Aramaic grammar and translate the Aramaic sections of Scripture as well as selections from ancient inscriptions, Elephantine papyri and Targums.

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.

Develop an understanding of how textual criticism, comparative philology and the use of the Septuagint apply to the analysis of biblical texts.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree. Whether you are beginning college for the first time or are a transfer student, we’ve got you covered.

Course layout

Meet Your Professors

Rebekah Josberger, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Master of Biblical Studies; Professor, Hebrew and Old Testament
Faculty Headshot Karl Kutz
Karl Kutz, Ph.D.
Professor of Biblical Languages and Bible; Chair of Biblical Languages

What can you do with a background in Biblical Hebrew?

Regardless of what you hope to do in life, every one of our students takes Hebrew first and foremost to know God’s Word for themselves. Learning Hebrew is about learning to see God through his Word. Our graduates are enriched by the knowledge and critical thinking, and mentoring that prepares them for a broad spectrum of career interests or pursuing more education. With your B.A. in Hebrew, you will be prepared to move toward roles or graduate-level study in preparation for roles, such as:

• Pastor • High School Bible Teacher • Teacher Overseas
• Bible Translator • Nonprofit or Social Work

“I am so grateful for my experience in the Hebrew program at Multnomah, which offers greater depth and breadth than most graduate school programs. If you are looking for a program that will immerse you in all things Hebrew, this is it.”

Dr. Tim Mackie '00, Bible and Theology, Hebrew Minor