Biblical Hebrew and Greek

We offer introductory year-long courses in Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek, the original languages of the Old Testament and the New Testament. Classes are held online via Zoom. 

No prior knowledge is required, and you don’t have to be “good at languages” to attend. The teaching style will be informal and encouraging. The best language learners are those who are prepared to try things out, even when that means getting something wrong. This means that classes will involve some student participation. Students should also be prepared to complete 15 to 30 minutes of work outside class each week – this will vary each week, by language, inevitably. We recommend you do your best to maintain attendance each week; there is no time to repeat any classes.

The next intake will start in early October 2022. It is recommended that you choose between either Hebrew or Greek. There will be eight classes in Michaelmas Term, eight in Hilary Term and six classes in Trinity Term. You can enrol term-by-term at a cost of £160 for an eight week term or £120 for a six week term.


Biblical Hebrew

Mondays 5.30-6.30pm

VIDEO – Invitation to Hebrew - YouTube

Information on the course tutor, Dr Hywel Clifford, including contact information can be found here.


Biblical Greek

Mondays 6.30-7.30pm

The classes will offer a gentle introduction to the Greek of the New Testament. In addition to learning about Greek vocabulary and grammar, we will also explore the process of translation of the Bible and consider some of the challenges that can be found within this task. The first term will focus mostly on the basics of the language. In the Hilary and Trinity terms we will continue our learning through translation of set passages, beginning with the Prologue of John’s Gospel.

Information on the course tutor, Dr Rebecca Dean, including contact information can be found here.


More Biblical Greek!

Michael Dormandy offers “Light Greek 2”, a course that is aimed at people who’ve completed Rebecca’s introductory course (or who’ve done introductory Greek elsewhere) and a Greek Reading Class for yet more advanced students. These two courses will each be online at a mutually negotiated time. Please contact Michael if interested in either of these courses.

Information on the course tutor, Revd Dr Michael Dormandy, including contact information can be found here.


Registration and Fees

For Michaelmas and Hilary Terms (8 sessions each term) the fee is £160 per term, and for Trinity Term (6 sessions) the fee is £120.

If you have any questions or would like to register for one of the above courses, please contact Nicole Foster on 01865 874404 or [email protected].