2021 SPECIAL SEMESTER PROGRAM

For CONSULTANTS and CONSULTANTS-IN-TRAINING Accredited by the Hebrew University- Rothberg International School.
Advanced studies in Biblical Hebrew translation led by experienced translation consultants.

Five-month study program at JCBT in Israel
Dates: Monday Jan.25th – Wednesday, June 30th, 2021.
This is a semester program which is taught as a whole.
The courses are taught in sequence in modules of ca. one month each.
Each course will be taught in Jerusalem
by experts in the specific areas of BH.

  1. Spoken Hebrew – an Introductory Ulpan Wed. Jan 27th – Tues. Feb. 23rd.
    1. the one month of Spoken Hebrew is to be taken at the Hebrew University campus in Jerusalem. Instructors in easy Hebrew.
    2. an equivalent course in Spoken Hebrew online adapted for those taking the semester program via Zoom.       
      Details later.                           
      Instructors from the Hebrew University    

  2. Living Biblical Hebrew – to be taught simultaneously with courses 3, 4, & 5 during March, April, May.
    Eyal Nahum, linguist, Polis Institute, Jerusalem.
    Instructors in easy Hebrew.

    Note: this course can be taken by zoom in March and April. In May, participation will be in person during the Historical Geography module.

  3. Biblical Texts and Semantics.                     ca. March 1st to March 31st.
    Reiner de Blois, Director of Nida Institute, American Bible Society. (Philadelphia).

    Note: this course can be taken by zoom.

  4. Discourse Analysis of Biblical Hebrew.         ca. April 1st to April 30th.

    Lenart de Regt, UBS Global Translation Advisor; Research fellow, University of Freestate, (South Africa).

    Note: this course can be taken by zoom.

    Note: attendance in Israel is required for the following two courses -Historical Geography and Biblical Hebrew Poetry.

  5. Historical Geography, Archeology and Cultural Backgrounds of the Land of the Bible – one-month course with comprehensive study tours throughout the land with Hebrew Bible in hand, and an eye on Bible translation issues.                                            ca. May 1st – May 31st.

    Halvor Ronning and Brian Kvasnica and other experienced academic guides.

  6. Workshop on Biblical Hebrew Poetry                 ca. June 1st -June 30th.
    Ernst Wendland, UBS Translation Consultant; Lutheran Theological Seminary, Lusaka, Zambia; Professor in the Department of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University.
    Lynell Zogbo, UBS translation consultant; former professor at FATEAC, Cote d’Ivoire; and current UBS handbook author.

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, changes in the above program may occur.

PREREQUISITES:

  1. Participation in a Bible translation project – approval of the Project Leader (see the special Project Leader Form in the JCBT application packet).
  2. Successful completion of a written JCBT test in Biblical Hebrew. The test requires knowledge of Intermediate Biblical Hebrew grammar and vocabulary of at least 500. For help in preparation for the test, CLICK HERE.
  3. Familiarity with use of Paratext.

Registration Timeline:
Registration to the Semester Program closes on October 15th. 
JCBT Hebrew Entrance Test should be submitted by October 31st.
Hebrew University Acceptance Letter by November 20th.

COSTS

A. RESIDENT OPTION: The all- inclusive cost is 5,750$.
(This is a 40% reduction. The usual price is 9,500$)

  1. tuition for all six courses, including student health insurance.
  2. room and board for five months.
  3. all study trip fees – including travel, overnights and entrances to museums and archeological sites.

It does not include individual personal expenses.

B. ZOOM OPTION: The cost is 5,750$.
(This is a 20% reduction. The fee was 7,040$)
(It was 7,040$ = the full fee of $9,500 minus three months of room and board)

  • tuition for all six courses, including student health insurance.
  • room and board for two months.
  • all 18 days of study trip fees – including travel, overnights and entrances to museums and archeological sites.
    It does not include individual personal expenses.

Dear prospective students,

As you consider participation in the training of the JCBT program, we encourage you to make every effort to join us in the land of the Bible. There is no comparison to the benefits gained by personal experience of living in the land for five months, experiencing its seasons, experiencing the Biblical feasts on location (like Passover/Easter and Shavuot/Pentecost) and traveling the lay of the land and visiting the Biblical places in person.

To live and study at JCBT provides the opportunity to concentrate fully on your studies. It also offers the inspiration from personal connection to the visiting scholars.

NOTE to ZOOM participants: Most, if not all, of each day must be dedicated to study in order to get the full benefits of this course.

Contact: semester@bibletranslators.org .

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, changes in the above program may occur.

Comments

  1. Is this coming year’s training cycle in English only? When will the next French cycle of training?

    1. Author

      Dear Mr. Johnson, thank you for your inquiry. The 2021 JCBT Semester Program is indeed planned to be in English only. Your question regarding the next French program has been forwarded to the directors of JCBT. There may be a Short-Term program in French during the fall of 2021, but it is not certain. JCBT will be sure to keep you informed as soon as more details become available.

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