Biblical Hebrew



Spring 2019

Israelite Academy Professor: Rabbi Sholomo Ben Levy

Online / Beth Elohim

NY Office (718) 712-4646

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00


Course Description

The goal of this course is to teach students to read and translate the Sefer Torah with a high degree of comprehension. It is not an introduction to the Hebrew language in general. To the contrary, the course presumes that each student is already capable of reading Hebrew. This course acquaints students with the particular grammar, structure, and vocabulary that is used in Biblical Hebrew, which is somewhat different from modern spoken Hebrew. By the end of the course, each student will have an active vocabulary of several hundred words and will be capable of reading selected passages of the Torah—without vowels—and translate them from the original Hebrew into English. It is our expectation that you will continue with Biblical Hebrew II. At that point, you can continue on your own until you become a Ba’al Koreh(expert reader). This is a three-credit course. Students will spend two hours each week in class (or online) and one hour using the language lab software.

Course Objectives

By the end of the semester, successful students will have acquired the ability to:

  • Read from the Sefer Torah without vowels
  • Translate passages of the Torah from Hebrew into English
  • Demonstrate that you have a Biblical vocabulary of several hundred words.

Course Requirements

1. Prompt attendance and thoughtful participation in class discussions or Online Activities 10%

2. Submission of written exercises and translations for each chapter 50%

3. Midterm Exam 20%

4. Final Exam 20%

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