As our goal is the multiplication of Biblical Hebrew translators so that translation of the full Bible can begin in every language by 2033, part of the Whole Word Institute strategy is to provide Biblical Hebrew Intensives with our partners in strategic locations around the globe. These take the form of 2 programs. The first is Beginning Biblical Hebrew, a 4-week intensive equivalent to a full year (6 credit hours) of seminary level Biblical Hebrew. The second is a 2-3 week Biblical Hebrew Pedagogy course designed for professors and instructors which exposes them to a training methodology that both improves and accelerates the learning of Biblical Hebrew.
The first pilot project to train professors and instructors in Biblical Hebrew was held in Kolkata, India at Serampore College (begun by William Carey who translated the Bible in over 30 languages). Professors from over a dozen Indian universities and seminaries attended and had their concept of Biblical Hebrew teaching revolutionized.
“I am amazed at the unbelievable strides I personally had made in taking the language inside of me and beginning to think and speak it.”
David Solomon Raju P
Invitations to run more Intensives have come from other well-known institutions in India and discussions are underway with translation agencies as well.
The next Biblical Hebrew Intensive will be held in December in Nairobi, Kenya serving the translation agencies, Bible Societies and academic institutions focused on translation of African languages.