Shake Hands with Biblical Hebrew:
A One-Day Seminar with Prof. Robert Owens
Thursday, May 30, 2013
10am to 4pm
Many students of the Bible would like to know something about the Hebrew language of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, yet will never have opportunity to take a proper class. They might include adults who participate in Bible study in their local parishes, busy clergy who did not study Hebrew during seminary, college students who are studying ancient world history, and people interested in learning about a language that has shaped a religion both ancient and contemporary.
Taught by the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Owens, Professor of Old Testament at General Seminary, this one-day seminar will provide a very basic acquaintance with the Hebrew language.
What is the Hebrew script and how does it work? How did Hebrew come into existence? What connections does it have to Arabic, Aramaic, Egyptian, and other near-by ancient languages? How do nouns and verbs work in Hebrew, and why is it said that Hebrew verbs have no tenses?
What kind of insights can one get from reading the Old Testament in Hebrew instead of in English? When should one NOT believe a biblical commentary?
In exploring these questions, we will look at a number of Hebrew manuscripts.
When & Where
The General Theological Seminary
The General Theological Seminary, located in New York City, educates and forms transformational leaders for the church and the world. Founded in 1817 as the first theological seminary of The Episcopal Church, General embodies the belief that rigorous academics, vibrant worship, beloved life in community, and practical experience in the real world are inseparable aspects of formation for all ministries of Christ's church.