Reading Hebrew Scriptures, Scrolls, and Prayers II

Pinchas Shir, Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures

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Have you ever wanted to understand the Bible in its original language? Do you feel that a lot of meaning is simply lost in translation? Have you learned the Hebrew Alphabet, but feel that you need an experienced Hebrew instructor to accompany you on your reading journey? If so, this course is for you! As you follow your instructor through the Book of Genesis, reading and translating Biblical texts step by step, you will gradually begin to uncover the original meaning that lies beneath the translation.

As you progress, you will even venture to read a few lines directly from the Great Isaiah Scroll, part of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947 at Qumran.  You will conclude each session by reading a short selection from the Siddur (Jewish Prayer Book). Reading the Bible only in translation is like listening to Bach only performed on harmonica. You get the melody, but you miss so much more. Make an investment in your life that you will never regret.

About Author

Pinchas Shir

Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures

Pinchas Shir, Israel Bible Center’s Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures, is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Religion at Groningen University in the Netherlands. His academic interests focus on ancient dining culture, culinary contexts of the Second Temple period, and particularly on the table interactions between Jews and Gentiles in antiquity. In addition, Pinchas is keenly interested in the archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Mediterranean.

Currently residing in North America, Assoc. Professor Shir lectures internationally and maintains a strong online presence where all can hear his teachings.

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    • Jewish Context and Culture
    • Hebrew Bible
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  • 5:09 Hours Learn at your pace and convenience


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  • 01. Course Intro and Vocabulary 6 09:02
  • 02. Session Six - Reading 1 22:43
  • 03. Session Six - Reading 2 13:38
  • 04. Session Six - Isaiah Scroll and Siddur 22:41
  • 05. Session Seven - Vocabulary 7 04:18
  • 06. Session Seven - Reading 1 21:16
  • 07. Session Seven - Reading 2 21:26
  • 08. Session Seven - Isaiah Scroll and Siddur 11:35
  • 09. Session Eight - Vocabulary 8 05:19
  • 10. Session Eight - Reading 1 14:28
  • 11. Session Eight - Reading 2 18:01
  • 12. Session Eight - Reading 3 14:59
  • 13. Session Eight - Isaiah Scroll and Siddur 11:26
  • 14. Session Nine - Vocabulary 9 06:17
  • 15. Session Nine - Reading 1 09:37
  • 16. Session Nine - Reading 2 17:59
  • 17. Session Nine - Reading 3 17:25
  • 18. Session Nine - Isaiah Scroll and Siddur 09:47
  • 19. Session Ten - Vocabulary 10 04:50
  • 20. Session Ten - Reading 1 09:52
  • 21. Session Ten - Reading 2 13:18
  • 22. Session Ten - Reading 3 17:06
  • 23. Session Ten - Isaiah Scroll and Siddur 12:36

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