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Introductory Intensive Biblical Hebrew

Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. 9pm Eastern

Course Description: This course is the first of an introductory, two-course sequence on Biblical Hebrew. It presumes no prior knowledge of or experience with the language. It is designed to equip the student with the basic skills required to read, translate, and interpret the meaning of the canonical texts of the Hebrew Bible. Emphasis will be placed on grammar, vocabulary, syntax, writing, pronouncing/reading aloud, and translating accurately the language and text of the Hebrew Bible. The goal of the course is to train the student through the acquisition of: 1) an overarching familiarity with the linguistic structure and workings of Biblical Hebrew; 2) the foundational skill set required to begin working effectively with the language (e.g., alphabet, pronunciation/reading aloud, writing, etc.); and, 3) a working knowledge of Biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Upon completion of the course sequence, the student will be prepared to progress to reading Pentateuchal, historical, and narrative books of the Hebrew Bible.


Level: This course is intended for beginners.
Textbook: Weingreen, Joseph, ​A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew​, 2nd Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959). ISBN 0-19-815422-4
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $1,250.00

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W. David Nelson 

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.