Rachel’s Hebrew Class 2013/14

Rachel Montagu has kindly sent some details of her Biblical Hebrew course for 2013-14.  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. In my experience, 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
2nd October from 6.30-8.30.

The West Central Synagogue and Liberal Judaism are still kindly offering us 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.

Autumn Term

Amos – Prophet of Tekoa

2nd October Amos 1:1-8, 2:4-12

9th October Amos 2:13-16, 3:1-12,

16th October Amos 4:1-13, 5:4, 5:10-15

23rd October Amos 5:21-27, 6:1-12,

[30th October – half term]

6th November Amos 7:4-16, 8:4-10

13th November Amos 8:11-14, 9:1-3, 9:7-15

Lamentations – A Time to Weep

20th November Lamentations 1:1-18

27th November Lamentations 1:19-22, 3:1-40

4th December Lamentations 3:41-66, 4:13-22

11th December Lamentations 5:1-22

Spring Term

Elijah and Elisha: Master and Student

8th January I Kings 17:1-16

15th January I Kings 17:18-24, 18:16-29

22nd January I Kings 18:30-46, 19:1-4

29th January I Kings 19:5-21,

5th February II Kings 1:1-17

12th February II Kings 2:1-25

[19th February half term]

26th February II Kings 4:1-20

5th March II Kings 4:21-44

12th March II Kings 5:1-19

19th March II Kings 5:20-27, 6:8-23

Micah – Powerful Prophet

26th March Micah 3:5-12, 4:1-10, 5:1-4

2nd April Micah 6:1-16, 7:5-8, 18-20

Summer Term

Esther: Wise Queens and a Foolish King

23rd April Esther 1:20

30th April Esther 1:21-22, 2:1-18

7th May Esther 2:19-23, 3:1-5

14th May Esther 3:6-15, 4:1-10,

21st May Esther 4:11-17, 5:1-14

[28th May half term]

[4thJune no class – Shavuot]

11th June Esther 6:1-14, 7:1-6

18th June Esther 7:7-10, 8:1-17

25th June Esther 9:1-20

2nd July Esther 9:21-32, 10:1-3


9th July Psalms 142:1-8, 144:1-15

16th July Psalms 107, 43, 42

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