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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
- Course Dates: Mon 13 August 2018, 8:30 am to Wed 15 August 2018, 2:30 pm
Reading the Old Testament in the language in which it was written is to open a window into a different world and times.
We are as a culture more than 3,000 years distant from the nomadic tribes who wandered the Middle East from amongst whom emerged a radical new understanding of Creation and the Creator.
Learning to read Biblical Hebrew is an adventure in difference. Ancient Hebrew is linguistically distant from European languages and employs structures and techniques to impart meeting which are foreign to English speakers. This three-day course introduces the student to Biblical Hebrew and lays the groundwork for further study.
The course works with fragments of scripture from the start and leads the student gently through the strangeness of Hebrew text into a growing understanding of how Old Testament narratives are constructed and how their writers thought of their world and expressed that understanding. Based on John Dobson’s excellent book “Learn Biblical Hebrew” the course is an ideal kick-start for further self-study using Dobson.
The three days are intensive but fun and bring the student through the early stages of learning a language which is radically different to most others and give us a glimpse of the world from which the great narratives of the Old Testament arose.