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Queen's University

Hebrew Language and Literature

The Program in Hebrew Language and Literature draws on faculty in the Jewish Studies Program, Religious Studies, and the Theological College.

Modern Hebrew courses are available at introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels; biblical Hebrew, at beginning and intermediate levels; rabbinic Hebrew, at the intermediary level. Students, including first year, may enroll, with the permission of the instructor, in a course at their appropriate level of knowledge. Students should consult with the instructor or the coordinator about course placement.

Introductory modern Hebrew is intended only for those with no background in Hebrew or those whose is limited to rudimentary exposure such as supplementary Hebrew schools. Intermediate and advanced modern Hebrew courses are intended for students with backgrounds from day schools, ulpanim, yeshivot, extended time in Israel, Israeli families, and university Hebrew courses. Advanced courses provide an opportunity to study literature, prose and poetry, newspapers, television, film, music, and conversation at the level of the students enrolled in each class and according to their interests.

Introductory biblical Hebrew is intended both for students with no background in Hebrew as well as those with significant skills in Hebrew. It offers a systematic approach to the structure of classical Hebrew that will enable students to read and comprehend prose passages from the Hebrew Scriptures. In intermediate biblical Hebrew students will expand their reading skills to include poetic passages, which is the basis of much of the biblical text. Biblical Hebrew skills are basic to advancement in modern Hebrew as well. Rabbinic Hebrew offers an opportunity for students to study Jewish texts in the original.

In addition, directed reading courses in Hebrew are available for areas not covered in the curriculum and a topics course will enable the introduction of special courses when the interest and need arises.

The courses in Hebrew at Queen's are essential for a concentration in Jewish studies, and for advanced work in the field and in religious studies, and for professional training for the clergy, including rabbinical, cantorial, and ministerial programs in addition to Jewish education and communal service. Hebrew courses can be used toward a concentration in Language and Linguistics and an International Studies Certificate.

For more information see Hebrew



Draft – Subject to Change



HEBR 190/6.0  Introduction to Modern Hebrew                                                                      3L

For students with no (or a minimal) background in Hebrew. Introduces elements of grammar and vocabulary of modern Hebrew.
Instructor: Na'ama Haklai
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor.

HEBR 191/6.0  Introduction to Biblical Hebrew                                                                      3L

Provides a basic understanding of the Hebrew language as vehicle of meaning for the message of the Hebrew Bible.
Instructor:  William Morrow

HEBR 294/3.0  Intermediate Modern Hebrew I                                                                       3S

An extensive grammar review with practice in speaking, writing, and translation, based on the reading of texts by modern Hebrew writers. HEBR 295/3.0, when offered, is a direct continuation of HEBR 294/3.0.
Prerequisite:  HEBR 190/6.0, or permission of the instructor.
Instructor:  tba

HEBR 301/3.0 Special Topics in Hebrew: Hebrew Children's Literature                                3S

For course details see HEBR 301


For prerequisites consult Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar.

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