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Advanced Biblical Hebrew: Reading the Biblical Book of Genesis

Mon. & Tues. 8pm Eastern

Course Description: In this course we will read and translate aloud seminal narrative selections from the biblical book of Genesis in the original Biblical Hebrew. Narratives for reading, translating, analysis, and discussion will include: the creation/primordial myths in Genesis chapters 1-11 (e.g., Creation, Garden of Eden, Noah/flood, Cain/Abel, Tower of Babel, etc.); the Binding of Isaac narrative; and, narratives about the ancestral Israelite matriarchs and patriarchs.


Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate-advanced facility with Biblical Hebrew (= approximately 1 year or more studying the language).
Textbooks: (1) Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: Hebrew Edition (German Bible Society, Compact edition, August 1997). ISBN 1598561634. (2) The Brown, Driver and Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon: Coded with Strong’s Concordance Numbers (Hendrickson Publisher, Reprint Edition, June 1996). ISBN 1565632060.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $500.00

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W. David Nelson holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and both an M.A. in Bible and Cognate Studies and a Ph.D. in Hebraic and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. His specialization is Judaism and Christianity in the period of Classical Antiquity, with a focus on early Jewish biblical interpretation, legal literature, and textual traditions. He has published six books, along with numerous chapters and articles, and his language training includes Biblical, Classical, Medieval and Modern Hebrew and Aramaic. David currently serves as Chair of the Midrash Section for the Society of Biblical Literature and as President of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. He has served on the faculties of the University of Dayton and Washington University in St. Louis and as the inaugural Associate Professor and Director of Jewish Studies at TCU and Brite Divinity School. He has also both studied and served as a Visiting Research Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. David brings to Telepaideia 20+ years of pedagogical experience, having worked with secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students in a variety of institutional and classroom settings.