How To Learn Biblical Hebrew and Greek

If you’ve thought about learning biblical Hebrew or Greek—or really learning it after seminary, you should consider the Biblical Language Center in Israel.  The uniqueness of this program is that you learn Hebrew (or Greek) as a living language.  That means that you learn it by living it. 

BLC’s goal is for students to fluidly read the Bible with a natural and instant comprehension. Therefore, BLC immersion courses use living language methods in teaching Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek. This means that more than 90% of classroom time is filled with the spoken biblical language. The result is an internalization of the languages which speeds the pace of learning and improves the reading of the biblical text.

You can read more about it on their website, noting especially the methodology description.  I have not had the privilege of participating, but friends who have give the highest recommendation.

Course offerings this summer:


Beginning Koine Greek (4 weeks):

“Introduction to the Parables of Jesus”

June 7-July 3, 2009

Intermediate Koine Greek (2 weeks):

“More Parables, Papyri, and Aesop’s Fables”

July 5-17, 2009


Beginning Biblical Hebrew (4 weeks):


June 21-July 17, 2009

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (2 weeks):

“Ruth the Moabitess: Ruth 1-4, Gen 19, Num 25”

June 21-July 3, 2009

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (2 weeks):

“Samson, Shfelah, and Philistines, Judges 13-16”

July 5-17, 2009

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (2 weeks):

“In the Beginning: Genesis 1-3”

July 19-31, 2009

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (2 weeks):

“Psalms: Selected Coronation, Ascent and Canaanite Psalms”

July 19-31, 2009

All courses are offered in a quiet community near Jerusalem.  You can learn more about it at


3 thoughts on “How To Learn Biblical Hebrew and Greek

  1. While I know both Greek and Hebrew, among other languages, I think this would no doubt be one of the most helpful methods to truly learn the languages. Total immersion.

    I see you are in Plano, Texas. I am currently in Waco, TX getting my Ph.D. at Baylor in Hebrew Bible. Not too far off! I invite you to check out my blog (click my name); I hope you will comment. You may find my post about the tenth century debate between Finkelstein and, well, everyone else interesting. Hope to see you there!

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