Archive for September, 2015

Rachel’s Biblical Hebrew Class 2015/16

September 29, 2015


For those interested in the more advanced kind of Biblical Hebrew class in London, Rachel Montagu has kindly sent details as below.  The course takes place in the West Central Liberal Synagogue, 21 Maple Street.  The cost averages around £130 per term but varies depending on how long a term and how many are in the class.

In my experience, these classes work in the time-honoured 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.

Autumn Term
A Singing Start
7th October Psalms 115, 100
14th October Exodus 14:11-15:5
21nd October Exodus 15:6-27
[28th October half-term]
4th November Judges 4:4-5:4
11th November Judges 5:5-31

Times and Seasons
18th November Leviticus 23:1-22
25th November Leviticus 23: 23-44
2nd December Leviticus 25:1-24
9th December Leviticus 25:25-54

Spring Term

Numbers: Learning how to Live Together and Worship Together
13th January Numbers 9:1-23
20th January Numbers 10:1-12, 29-36, 16:1-6
27th January Numbers 16:7-35
3rd February Numbers 17:1-18:7
[10th February Ash Wednesday]
17th February Numbers 20:1-26
[24th February half term]
2nd March Numbers 20:27-21:25

Nachum: Prophet of Good Tidings?
9th March Nachum 1:1-2:9
16th March Nachum 2:10-3:19

Summer Term

Isaiah and the Suffering Servant
13th April Isaiah 41:6-13, 42:1-10, 43:1-5
20th April Isaiah 43:6-13, 49:1-13
27th April Isaiah 50:4-10, 52:13-53:12

Samuel and Saul
4th May 1 Samuel 8:1-22
11th May 1 Samuel 9:1-27
18th May 1 Samuel 10:1-27
[25th May half term]
1st June 1 Samuel 12:1-25
8th June 1 Samuel 13:1-18, 15:1-9
15th June 1 Samuel 15:10-34

22nd June Psalms 111:1-22, 112:1-10
29th June Psalms 11211-22, 145:1-21
6th July Psalms 34:1-23, 25:1-10
13th July Psalms 25:11-22