Learn Biblical Hebrew Online with RRC Faculty

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Summer Online Hebrew Course 2024

This course will run for 12 sessions beginning early June 2024 (weekly meeting time to be determined with input from registered students). All course sessions will take place in real-time on the Zoom platform.

This online course covers the basic verb forms, syntax and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew.

For students who are relatively new to Hebrew, the course will provide an introduction to the foundations of the language. More advanced students will deepen their understanding of the language and ability to read Biblical texts.

The course covers:

  • a review of the vowel system and its importance
  • construct forms or semichut
  • the conjugations of Qal verbs
  • an introduction to the strong verbs of other binyanim (Piel, Hiphil and Niphal) and Biblical Hebrew syntax
  • word order and vav consecutive (or vav hippuch)

Meet the Instructor: S. Tamar Kamionkowski, PhD

S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D.
Professor of Biblical Studies
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Tamar Kamionkowski joined RRC’s faculty in 1997. Her lifelong passion has been bridging the worlds of biblical scholarship and contemporary Jewish life. She encourages her students to develop a life-long relationship with biblical texts and to read text through many lenses. Kamionkowski is a two-time winner of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s Yaakov Gladstone Award for Fine Teaching.

Kamionkowski served as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of RRC from 2004 to 2013. During her tenure, she put greater focus on rabbinic identity and character-building as essential components of rabbinical school.

Her prize-winning book, Leviticus: A Wisdom Commentary (Liturgical Press 2018), is the first book-length commentary on Leviticus written from a feminist and post-colonial perspective. Kamionkowski is also the author of Gender Reversal and Cosmic Chaos: Studies in the Book of Ezekiel (Sheffield Academic Press, 2003) and co-editor of Bodies, Embodiment and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures (T&T Clark, 2010).

For more information and to register please email Rabbi Melissa Heller at MHeller@RRC.edu.

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