Department of Languages - Course of Hebrew


Ancient Hebrew intensive course

with the Polis Institute method


Learn to speak ancient Hebrew as a living language!

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Pontificia Università della Santa Croce) is pleased to offer a specialized course in Biblical Hebrew, intended for all those who wish to acquire a basic reading proficiency in Biblical Hebrew texts. The course caters for true beginners, and no previous knowledge is required of participants.

In accordance with modern educational techniques applied in the teaching of living languages, students will be immersed in Hebrew from their very first lesson- by speaking, reading and even writing. We believe that the fastest and truest way to acquire a language, even a dead one, is through hearing it spoken out loud and practicing orally with the teacher and fellow students. Biblical Ancient Hebrew back to life is no easy task, and in our efforts to present it in the classroom we made use of textbooks for Modern Hebrew, while making the necessary changes. In this way we hoped to create a teaching method centered on the ancient texts, but offering the interested student a larger vista of the Hebrew language, and the opportunity to continue his studies in both Biblical and Modern Hebrew.

The course will be given by Eyal Nahum and Aure Ben Zvi, both Israeli teachers. Mr. Nahum and Ms. Ben Zvi have had extensive experience in teaching Hebrew to foreigners and are adept at presenting Hebrew to students in creative and innovative ways, without the use of other languages.