Ancient Hebrew is also the liturgical tongue of the Samaritans, while modern Hebrew or Arabic is their vernacular, though today only about 700 Samaritans remain. As a foreign language it is studied mostly by Jews and students of Judaism and Israel, archaeologists and linguists specializing in the Middle East and its civilizations, by theologians, and in Christian seminaries.
The core of the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible), and most of the rest of the Hebrew Bible, is written in Classical Hebrew, and much of its present form is specifically the dialect of Biblical Hebrew that scholars believe flourished around the 6th century BCE.
The Hebrew Language Division coordinates and focuses studies on the Hebrew language. The division is composed of various sub-divisions and departments that each offer free and open-source courses. These courses are created and taught by volunteer teachers. Everyone is permitted and encouraged to teach and learn at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. We hope this can be a place for many people to explore and appreciate the ancient and vibrant Hebrew language.
Still need help? If you still need help or have any questions, comments, ideas, or concerns, please visit the Hebrew Colloquium and start a discussion. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is full of members who are more than eager to help you!
The following are staff members at the Hebrew Language Division. Staff members actively contribute and maintain the division, departments, and courses. They are fluent or proficient in Hebrew, and available to help students in the division.