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Jun 20 2024


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


Biblical Hebrew IV: Advanced Reading Seminar on Ezra the Scribe

An Online Course with Dr. David Zev Moster
Nine Thursdays: June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 29
2:00–3:30 p.m. ET  

Ezra arrived in Jerusalem with a group of Babylonian exiles during the reign of the Persian king Artaxerxes. As both a priest and a scribe, Ezra was involved in the governing of Judea, the running of the Temple, the teaching of the Torah, and confronting the challenges of exogamy. In nine live online sessions, we will read Ezra 7–10 and Nehemiah 8–9. We will focus on the most difficult passages and explore multiple options for translation and interpretation. Participants are encouraged to create their own translations and research new topics about this pivotal, though not widely known, figure.

Sessions will be recorded, and recordings will be shared with registered participants.

Prerequisite: Completion of Biblical Hebrew I, II, and III. If you have not taken these courses but believe you have the equivalent background, please schedule a conversation with the instructor prior to enrollment.

Cost: $415. (Limited financial assistance available)

Earn a 10% DISCOUNT on courses by declaring your candidacy for JTS’s Certificate in Biblical Hebrew. Complete the four-course sequence and optional capstone project. By the conclusion of the program, you will be able to read and understand a book of the Bible from start to finish in the original Hebrew.

* If you have not purchased Accordance Software for a previous course, a coupon will be provided to obtain it at the discounted price of $50. The two Tanakh Cards are $15/each.

David Zev Moster

Dr. David Zev Moster is the Lead Faculty for JTS’s community courses in Biblical Hebrew and for the Certificate in Biblical Hebrew and adjunct assistant professor at JTS.  He directs the Institute of Biblical Culture, where he teaches Hebrew and creates video materials about ancient Israelite language and culture for the general public. He is the author of Etrog: How a Chinese Fruit Became a Jewish Symbol (2018). He received his PhD from Bar-Ilan University, an MA from New York University, and BA, MA, and MS degrees and rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University.