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Hebrew at Cambridge

Hebrew is taught and researched in various places in the University, the main centres being the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES), the Faculty of Divinity and the Taylor-Schecther Genizah Research Unit in the University Library. The staff and students in these centres work together closely, although each centre has a distinctive focus. FAMES covers all periods of Hebrew (Classical, Medieval and Modern) and has a focus in particular on language and literature. The Faculty of Divinity is concerned mainly with the Hebrew Bible, its background and traditions of its exegesis. The staff in the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Unit specialize in the manuscripts of the Cairo Genizah, a large collection of medieval manuscripts that is of great importance for scholarship. The University Library also houses other major collections of Hebrew manuscripts, as do a number of the Cambridge colleges. Many of the staff and students who work on Hebrew also have interests in closely related North-West Semitic languages, in particular Aramaic, and Arabic, especially Judaeo-Arabic, i.e. Arabic written by Jews in Hebrew script.

This website brings together information about the various centres of Hebrew teaching and research across the University.

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A magnification of Jeremiah 2.2 from a medieval Genizah fragment

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda

A selection of Israeli newspapers