Rabbinic Hebrew, the language of the Jewish sages from the time of the Second Temple and just after, represents a period in the history of the language in which Hebrew had ceased to be spoken in most places as a native language. However, the amount of literature preserved in the language is massive. It includes the Mishnah (the heart of the text that grew to include the two sets of Gemara [in Aramaic]), the Tosefta (a separate text that contains many legal rulings similar to what is contained in the Mishnah), the Baraita (a set of Hebrew-language sayings similar to Mishnah teachings that are generally contained within the Aramaic text of the Gemara), and the Midrash (stories that illustrate events and tales from the lives of the biblical characters and the rabbis that serve to illustrate Torah principles).

Together with my friend Jordan Furutani, I will be hosting a course in rabbinic Hebrew (also called mishnaic Hebrew ) over Zoom. The course will work through the textbook An Introduction to Rabbinic Hebrew by Miguel Pérez Fernández (Brill, 1999). The tentative start date is January 1, 2021. The most updated information can be found here.

To get enrolled, send me an email. All course-related correspondence will be through our private Facebook chat group.

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  1. This course has been going really well. We’re meeting today to do units 23 and 24 from this book (An Introductory Grammar of Rabbinic Hebrew by Miguel Pérez Fernández). We read through Pirqê ʾĀḇôṯ together before doing this book, and from here we’ll be going into a study of the Mishnah text of Niddâ. You’re welcome to join in at any point!

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