Biblical Hebrew Winter School

Biblical Hebrew Winter School (BHWS)

at Westminster College, Cambridge

3rd – 12th Jan 2024

Come and learn beginners’ Biblical Hebrew in Cambridge, including 24 hours of class time with experienced tutors and 24 hours of guided independent study.

There are two choices of pace and goal:

Track 1: Academic Intensive.

For those who are currently studying at BA level or above, or already know a Semitic language, and would like to learn Biblical Hebrew intensively from scratch for academic purposes. This will take you from learning the alphabet, through to translating some basic biblical texts.

Tutor: Dr Marieke Dhont

Dr Marieke Dhont is a Teaching Associate for the Foundation Year and Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. She has a joint PhD in Religious Studies and Theology from KU Leuven and UC Louvain.

She holds a specialised teaching qualification in ancient languages from KU Leuven and has been teaching Biblical Hebrew at Cambridge since 2018.

Track 2: Hebrew for Faith and Fun!

For those who are interested in learning the basics of Biblical Hebrew from a faith perspective or who would enjoy learning at a slower, more accessible pace. You will learn the alphabet, how to read Biblical Hebrew, names of God in the Bible, Hebrew songs and prayers, and the value of understanding Hebrew for biblical interpretation and translation.

Tutor: Dr Alison Gray

Dr Alison Gray is the Director of Studies at Westminster College, Cambridge, and teaches Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Studies for the Cambridge Theological Federation. She has a PhD in Theology (Hebrew Bible) and has been teaching Biblical Hebrew to Cambridge undergraduates since 2006 and has been an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge since 2016.

Dr Marieke Dhont

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Dr Alison Gray

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Arrivals between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday 3rd January*

Departures after lunch on Friday 12th January*

Daily programme for each day of the Winter School*

Time Activity
09.00 – 10.00 Class 1
10.00 – 11.00 Guided independent study
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30 Class 2
12.30 – 13.00 Guided independent study
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Class 3
15.00 – 16.30 Guided independent study
16.30 – 18.00 Free time
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner (optional)
19.00 – 21.00 Free evening


*NB there will be a half day of teaching on the first and last day and no programme on Sunday 7th Jan

How to book

Please complete the booking form below.


Travel and parking details are on the website – please click here.


The cost per delegate is £500, inclusive of all teaching material; tea/coffee, lunch (weekdays); and optional free activities. A 10% student discount applies. Accommodation may be booked separately at Westminster via the link here.


We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of bursaries for students and those on low incomes. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like to be considered for a bursary.


Booking Form - Biblical Hebrew Winter School (BHWS)