Courses & Programs
We offer a variety of courses and programs to choose from. Scroll down or click to the specific program you are interested in.
Semester Long Courses
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.
The Language and the land: 6 semester courses
- Participation in a Bible translation project – approval the Project Leader
(see the special Project Leader Form in the JCBT application packet).
- Successful Completion of a Written JCBT test in Biblical Hebrew. The test requires knowledge of Intermediate Biblical Hebrew grammar and a vocabulary of at least 500. For help in preparation for the test, CLICK HERE.
- Familiarity & use of Paratext.
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.
Short Term Courses
Fourteen Days of Eye-Opening Insights into the Hebrew Scripture and its Context
We offer several insightful courses on the historical, archaeological, and geographical context of Scripture and how this understanding can impact translations. With Bible in hand, trips to Biblical sites throughout the Land are experienced with an eye toward Bible translation issues.
Since translation consultants check and approve the Biblical accuracy of the mother-tongue translations, they must be knowledgeable in not only the text of the Bible but also of the context in which the words were written.
Translation consultants should have a minimum of one study experience in the Land of the Bible to learn about its geography, archaeology, flora, fauna, etc., forming an experiential dictionary of Biblical terms and resulting in improved expertise in advising toward a more accurate and natural translation.
Participation in the “Land of the Bible” Course is for Bible Translators & Consultants
The awareness of how knowing the external “context” of Scripture enhances the ability to better understand the Text has increased tremendously over the past two decades. Short term “Land of the Bible” courses designed specifically for Bible translators or scholars throughout the year. Each study-tour can be tailor-made and typically includes both class lectures as well as field trips throughout the Land of Israel.
The course is open to all, but certain preferences apply:
1. Preferably currently consulting in a Hebrew Bible (OT) translation project. National consultants are encouraged to apply as JCBT can help in the visa process.
2. Preferably under 55 years of age.
Short-term courses by JCBT:
- Are tailor-made for consultants and translation groups;
- Focus on how the context impacts the understanding of the original Text
- Are inexpensive and flexible for each group.
Private Tutorials in Hebrew
Private tutorials in either Biblical or Modern Hebrew–tailor-made to individual needs–can be arranged through JCBT for visiting students or scholars.
Residence Studies for Scholars
JCBT also provides inexpensive residence for scholars and translators on study sabbaticals. Available only when space permits between each of the official study programs.
One book at a time- special course
An in-depth study of the book of Proverbs.
November 2nd- 20th, 2020
Special annual courses are offered in the desire to help fill a great need for consultants to delve deeply into the difficult poetical texts of the Hebrew Bible. This year, 2020, will be the third time JCBT is offering a high-level course that delves deeply into the Biblical Hebrew text and its context in the land. The book of Psalms and the Book of Micah were the courses of the last two years.
- “Experiencing the topography, its hills and ravines, the hot summer climate, the biblical plants and animals, the archaeological evidences of biblical history–all went beyond anything learned from books. We expected it to be a beneficial experience, but the tour was much above our expectations,”
- “I am still touched somehow deep in my soul and am processing it.”
“On behalf of Dr. Margaret Muthwii, the UBS area coordinator of Africa I would like to express our sincere gratitude and complete satisfaction about the Training Seminar you have organized for us. Dr. Muthwii indicated to me that she has received enthusiastic reports from the participants. We all feel that a dream came true for our consultants who never visited Israel in their life.
I wish to thank all of you for your great contributions, in guiding, teaching, organizing, and welcoming us in your home and in Israel. I sincerely hope many consultants and translators will profit from your valuable services and expertise as they develop in the field of bible translation.
Once more, thank you very much and may God bless your ministry…With warm greetings!” Krijn van der Jagt
“Nothing compares with personal experience of the settings of events about which I have been teaching and consulting for a lifetime. Every day I am using the resources gained.”