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Classical Hebrew course


This course aims to enable a working knowledge of Classical Hebrew grammar in order that Biblical texts can be studied in their original language. Often referred to as the DNA of creation or The Holy Tongue, the language of the Tanakh (the Old Testament) is widely acknowledged for its theological values. The course will refer mainly to Biblical personalities, the events of their times, and to their geographical, political, and social contexts.


We will begin with the Hebrew alphabet, one of the oldest still in use. Originally a language only of consonants, vowels were added to Biblical texts in the 9th and 10th century AD by the Masoretes, Jewish scholars and scribes in Tiberias and Jerusalem. Their aim was to standardise pronunciation; these texts are now regarded as the authorative version of the Hebrew Scripture. (Texts with vowels are classified as ‘pointed’ and those without as ‘unpointed’. For ease of learning we will be using pointed texts.)


Our reference will be The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, 4th edition, an copy of the Masoretic text as preserved in the Leningrad Codex (the oldest known manuscript of the Bible in Hebrew). Our text book will be J. Weingreen’s A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew.


The course will take place over eight weeks, beginning on Monday 21st October 2019.

The classes will be from 8pm–9pm.

The first class is free and the whole course is €65.

Fragments from The Dead Sea Scrolls found in caves near Khirbet Qumran, on the north western shores of the Dead Sea. Some 2000 years old, most were written in Hebrew on parchment, with a smaller number in Aramaic or Greek.