Hebrew is the language of the Tanak (the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament) and of the modern state of Israel. It is a Semitic language, related to Arabic. The papers offered at Otago aim to familiarise students with the Hebrew that is found in biblical writings.
The study of Hebrew is of particular interest to students of Religious Studies and Theology. It will also be of interest to students of Linguistics, in that it gives them access to a language which is very different in its structure from the languages of Europe and Asia.