Why learn Ancient Hebrew?

Ancient Hebrew is the key to unlocking the mysteries of the Bible…

In fact, in Hebrew the word for “key” shares the same root as the verb “to open”. Learning ancient Hebrew opens up a whole realm of experience and understanding that is not possible when you read the Bible in translation. 

Think of it like this: reading the Bible in translation is like looking at a black and white, two-dimensional picture. Objects appear colourless, they don’t have depth, you can’t see their richness or clearly make out their relationship to other objects in the picture.

But when you read the Bible in ancient Hebrew, the text comes to life, as though you are walking through a vibrant, three-dimensional scene. Important connections are illuminated, questions are answered, and a new appreciation for the richness and complexity of the Bible is developed.

The biblical authors convey their messages in ways that are different to English. One important way biblical authors convey nuance, meaning, and humour is through witty wordplays that connect different concepts, characters, and events in a story. But these wordplays only make sense in Hebrew and because of this so much is lost in translation.

From the very first ancient Hebrew word you learn you will begin to foster a deeper understanding of the Bible. And the good news is that our educational approach at Learn Ancient Hebrew not only makes learning this unique language accessible, it makes learning Hebrew fun.

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I learnt so much through the interesting and thorough explanations and activities, and most importantly, Natalie's enthusiasm throughout the lesson. It was such a warm class to be in which is quite rare, particularly learning online.

Sarah

Engaging, world-class teaching

Our educators are internationally recognised for their teaching excellence. They are also active researchers in biblical studies, meaning you’ll learn the very latest discoveries and insights relating to ancient Israel and the Bible alongside your language learning.

Our teaching approach creates a vibrant and engaged learning community that honours and values the unique perspective, contribution, and wisdom of each of its members.

Courses

We offer courses for all levels of ancient Hebrew enthusiasts. Whether you’re just starting off in your ancient Hebrew journey or are a seasoned reader of ancient Hebrew our courses will deepen your knowledge of the Bible and ancient Hebrew language.

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Introduction to Ancient Hebrew

28 February - 18 April 2023

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Intermediate Ancient Hebrew

1 March - 19 April 2023

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Advanced Ancient Hebrew

2 March - 20 April 2023

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