Rachel’s Hebrew Class 2012/13

Rachel Montagu has kindly sent some details of her Biblical Hebrew course for 2012-13.  This stands in place of the course she used to teach at Birkbeck.

Rachel’s courses work in the classic fashion: each student in turn reads a verse aloud and then translates it, with input from the teacher as necessary. She also provides some background and interpretation from traditional Jewish teaching.

The emphasis is certainly on understanding the text rather than grammar as such. There have been perhaps an average of seven or so students coming to lessons. The level things are taken at tends to depend on who the students are.

In principle, students should have covered the material in the First Hebrew Primer from Eks before starting this class. If you know the qal conjugation (perfect and imperfect) pretty well for verbs with three strong roots (the ‘regular’ ones if you like) and have some idea about hiphil and niphal and verbs with weak roots, that will probably do.

If you want to know more, you can email Rachel;  or feel free to email me if you’re feeling shy.  I’ve also shared just about everything I know about studying Biblical Hebrew with the world here.

Dear all

This year we will be meeting on Wednesdays, starting this week Wednesday 3rd October I hope.

Can I suggest we meet 6.45-8.45 this week and discuss during break whetherwe want to move it slightly later or earlier or whether that suits us all.

The West Central Synagogue and Liberal Judaism are still kindly offeringus hospitality at

The Montagu Centre
21 Maple Street
London W1T 4BE

This is near to Warren St and Gt Portland St tube stations and just off the Tottenham Court Rd.

If you’re interested in this, you can email her directly.  Or if you’re feeling shy you can email me instead.  The schedule is as given below.

Hebrew Class Outline 2012-3

Joshua – Entering the Land

3rd October Deut. 34:9, Joshua 1:1-18

10th October Joshua 2:1-24

17th October Joshua 3:1-17, 4:1-5

24th October Joshua 4:6-14, 5:1-15

[31st October no class – half term

7th November Joshua 6:1-27

Isaac and Rebecca: Never Mind the Romance, What about the Marriage?

14th November Genesis 24:15-40

21st November Genesis 24:41-67

28th November Genesis 25:20-28, 26:1-12, 34-35

5th December Genesis 27:1-18, 42-46, 28:1-5

Samuel v. Chronicles: David & Solomon: Succession, Wisdom & the Queen of Sheba

12th December I Kings 1:1-24

[Christmas Holiday]

9th January 1 Kings 1:25-53,

16th January I Kings 2:1-12, 1 Chron 22:1-10

23rd January 1 Chron. 22:11-19, 23:1, 28:1-10

30th January I Chron.28:11-21, 29:1-10

6th February I Chron. 29:11-30

13th February I Kings 3:1-20

[20th February half term]

27th February I Kings 3:21-28, 2 Chron 9:1-12

Isaiah – Comfort and Challenge

6th March Isaiah 40:1-20

13th March Isaiah 40:21-31, 41:8-18

20th March Isaiah 41:19-29, 42:1-11

[Passover-Easter holiday]

17th April Isaiah 42:12-25, 43:1-11

24th April Isaiah 43:25-8, 44:1-8, 21-28, 45:1-7

Does Age Bring Happiness?

1st May Ecclesiastes 1:1-18, 2:1-6

24th April Ecclesiastes 2:7-26

1st May Ecclesiastes 3:1-22

8th May Ecclesiastes 4:6, 5:1-19

[15th May – no class – Shavuot]

22nd May Ecclesiastes 7:1-25

[29th May – no class – half term]

5th June Ecclesiastes 7:26-29, 8:15, 9:1-18

12th June Ecclesiastes 11:1-10, 12:1-14


19th June 2 Samuel 22:1-30

26th June 2 Samuel 22:31-50, 1 Chron. 16:7-17

3rd July I Chron. 16:18-37, 46:1-12

10th July Class Choice of Psalms

17th July Class Choice of Psalms

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