Archive for October, 2019

Rachel’s Hebrew Classes 2019-2020

October 23, 2019

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Rachel Montagu has kindly written to detail her Advanced Biblical Hebrew course for 2019-20.  (Those of a nervous disposition may accurately prefer to read that as  Non-elementary Biblical Hebrew.)

As in previous years, we expect these classes to follow the pattern where each student in turn reads a verse aloud and then translates it, with input from Rachel 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, while the fee per term might be something around £110-£130, depending on circumstances.  At about £ 10 per 2-hour session this certainly looks like good value!

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.  I’ve also shared just about everything I know about studying Biblical Hebrew with the world here.

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30 p.m., at Liberal Judaism, 21 Maple Street, London, W1T 4BE

Autumn Term

Isaac – Lost Between Father and Son?

28 October                  Gen. 17:15-22, 18:1-15, 21:1-5

4th November              Gen. 21:6-13, 22:1-19

11 November             Gen. 24:62-67, 25:1-11, 19:28

18 November              Gen. 26:1-24

25 November              Gen.26:25-35, 27:1-16

2 December                Gen.27:17-40

9 December                Gen. 27:41-46, 28:1-9, 35:27-29

 

Spring Term

Women Prophets

13 January                  Miriam: Exodus 2:1-10, 15:20-22, Numbers 12:1-15

20 January                  Numbers 20:1-5, 26:59, Deut. 24:8-9, Micah 6:4

Deborah: Judges 4:1-15,

27 January                  Judges 4:16-24, 5:1-12

3 February                  Judges 5:24-31,

Mrs Isaiah Isaiah 8:1-4

Noadiah Nehemiah 6:1-14

 

Huldah and Josiah

10 February                2 Kings 21:19-23, 22:1-20

[17 February half term]

24 February                2 Kings 23:1-25

2 March                       2 Kings 23:26-36, 2 Chronicles 33:21-25, 34:1-10

[9 March no class – Purim]

16 March                     2 Chronicles 34:11-33, 35:1-13

23 March                     2 Chronicles 35:14-27, 36:1-5

 

A Still Small Voice/Sound of Sheer Silence

30 March                     I Kings 19:1-21

 

Summer Term

Lamentations

20 April                        Lamentations 1:1-22-2:7

27 April                        Lamentations 2:8-22, 3:1-10

[4 May – bank holiday – no class]

11 May                        Lamentations 3:11-66

18 May                        Lamentations 4:1-22

25 May – bank holiday – no class]

1 June                         Lamentations 5:1-22

 

Micah

8 June                         Micah 1:10, 3:1-12, 4:1-14

15 June                       Micah 6:1-16, 7:1-10

22 June                       Micah 7:11-20

 

Psalms

29 June                       Psalm 145, 122, 134,

6 July                           Psalms 51, 127, 130, 137, 150

13 July                         Class choice of psalms

 

 

Feminist surgery and private schools

October 4, 2019

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This announcement outside a private girls’ school in Newcastle made me wonder whether it represented a welcome broadening of girls’ aspirations or a further entrenching of class privilege.

The answer could regrettably be both, of course.

You could say that they may be inviting kids from all local schools (in relatively small letters).  But this is Jesmond and if there are any state secondary schools (or their pupils) in the immediate vicinity then they will be having a hard time of it.

Looking at the prices

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and list of participating institutions

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on the website leaves little room for optimism.

So you tend to think that this is just a piece of advertising aimed at well-heeled local parents, since the girls at the school will know well enough what is in prospect.  Generally in the North East you would say that limited and limiting aspirations for girls are far more of a problem than the evil that is private education, but Jesmond is different…