Brooke Lester, whom I had the pleasure of meeting a short while ago, has written insightfully about teaching Biblical Hebrew. He teaches the language at a seminary that does not require it, but he nevertheless has a growing number of students. That’s because:
Brooke teaches in an engaging way, with an emphasis on oral / aural interaction, and Total Physical Response (TPR). Brooke notes that he was inspired to do so after a presentation by Sharon Alley and Gary Alley at SBL 2005.
The method is excellent, but not everyone knows that the place the method was perfected for learning biblical Hebrew is Israel. The Biblical Language Center – directed by Randall Buth, Sharon Alley’s father – is offering courses this summer. Randall, Sharon, and Gary are among the teachers at the “biblical ulpan.” It is hard to imagine a better place to learn ancient Hebrew than in Israel by full immersion, with field trips to explore the land as part of the process. During the summer I spent in Israel, both my modern and biblical Hebrew improved by leaps and bounds. Go here for course descriptions and sign-up.