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Learn Classical Hebrew

at Castlecoote House


This course aims to establish a working knowledge of Classical Hebrew grammar in order that the 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 value. The course will refer mainly to Biblical personalities and Biblical events and will broaden to examine the context in which the stories evolved.


We will begin with the Hebrew Alphabet and step by step lead the beginner through the different stages of basic Hebrew grammar. Alongside the grammar the student will build up a useful vocabulay to encourage practice of perfecting the name, shape and sound of new letters and words. Hebrew is written from right to left, and was originally a language of consonants only. In the 9th & 10th century AD vowels were added to the Biblical text by the Masoretes whose aim was to standardise pronunciation and save the language from being lost. 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 text book is J. Weingreen’s A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew. Our reference will be the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, 4th edition, (an exact copy of the Masoretic text as preserved in the Leningrad Codex, the oldest known manuscript of the Bible in Hebrew).


A new beginners course starts every Monday evening at 7.00pm.

Advanced classes are from 8pm–9pm.

First class is free, the whole course €65.

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