The Department of Hebrew Language is the home for research and teaching of Hebrew, encompassing all stages of the language from antiquity to modern times.
The winding course that Hebrew has taken throughout the ages and the processes that have shaped it have created an exciting area for research. Throughout history, the Jewish People came in contact with multiple cultures of the ancient and modern worlds. In studying and researching Hebrew, one is exposed to the changes brought about by these cultural encounters. “Lovers of the Word” will enjoy expanding their knowledge of the roots of the Hebrew language and its variegated stages, as well as gaining professional training towards a wide variety of language-related jobs.
Students in the Department are exposed to the rich world of Hebrew in different eras and styles, including Biblical Hebrew, Rabbinic Hebrew, Medieval Hebrew, Hebrew during its revival, and modern – written as well as spoken – varieties of the language. The students acquire rigorous linguistic training in a variety of facets of language: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and more. The Department offers a rich curriculum of topics, dealing with textual, philological, as well as linguistic aspects of Hebrew in the different strata.