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Dan Davis (department head)

Knowledge of classical Hebrew is an essential tool for in-depth study of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. Hebrew also provides a useful introduction to the structure and word formation of the Semitic family of languages.

View program learning goals for an explanation of learning outcomes in Hebrew. 

Hebrew Courses

HEB 101 Elementary Hebrew I

  • 4 hours

The first course of a two-semester sequence introducing the essential forms, grammar, and vocabulary of the language. Practice gained through graded exercises and readings provides the basis for translating passages drawn from the prose and poetry of the Hebrew Bible.

HEB 102 Elementary Hebrew II

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: HEB 101

The second course of a two-semester sequence which continues the presentation of basic forms and vocabulary. The course includes translation passages of increasing length and complexity, and more reading is done directly from the Hebrew Bible.

HEB 201 Intermediate Hebrew

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: HEB 102

Selected books and/or passages from the Hebrew Bible chosen according to student interest with the guidance and approval of the instructor.