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Study Hebrew at Otago

Student studying on campus grounds


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.

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Web Theology Programme


There are two Hebrew papers available: HEBR 131 Introductory Biblical Hebrew 1 and HEBR 132 Introductory Biblical Hebrew 2.

Hebrew translation and explanation/interpretation papers are also taught at 200-, 300- and 400-level (BIBS 213, BIBS313, BIBS 411)

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