Importance and method of teaching biblical Hebrew and aramaic in religious education of children and adults

Authors

  • Marie Roubalová Hussite Theological Faculty, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Roman Kralik Russian Language Department Medical Institute Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Miklukho-Maklaya Street, 6, 117198 Moscow, Russia
  • Peter Kondrla Department of Religious studies, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs2021.1.59.67

Keywords:

Hebrew traditions, teaching, values, education, language, methods

Abstract

Aim. The aim of this paper is to show and explain the meaning and the importance teaching biblical Hebrew and Aramic in religious education.  

Method. The paper presents a descriptive study of philosophy of teaching Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic as an integral part of religious education, and at the same time it points out  the main problems of this education which are connected with the fact that the original language of the Tanakh (one of the basic textbooks for religious education) is not the native language of the students being taught  (even Israelis whose native language is Hebrew do not speak Biblical Hebrew) and studying it demands knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic.

Results. However, as the ideal method for teaching a foreign language does not exist, the choice of teaching methods must be based on the fact that each student or teacher prefers different method of work.

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Author Biographies

Marie Roubalová, Hussite Theological Faculty, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

She teaches Hebrew at the Hussite Theological Faculty in Charles University in Prague. Her main interests are Jewish culture, writing, study, interpretation of the Tanakh and the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard.

Roman Kralik, Russian Language Department Medical Institute Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Miklukho-Maklaya Street, 6, 117198 Moscow, Russia

He currently works as the director of the Kierkegaarod Society in Slovakia and Professor, Senior research fellow at the Scientific and Educational Center of Pedagogical Researches KFU. His main interest is the Danish thinker Soren Kierkegaard. He also deals with Jewish culture and the problem of education. He is the editor-in-chief of the Acta KIerkegaardiana (University of Toronto) series.

Peter Kondrla, Department of Religious studies, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia

Associate professor, PhD. He is a teacher at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra. His scientific focus and research subjects are philosophy of values, history of Christian philosophy, postmodern philosophy, philosophy of religion, didactics of religious education, philosophy of religion, values of life and biblical studies. He focuses on the philosophical interpretation of biblical texts, specifically on revealing the foundations of the European value paradigm in these texts. He emphasizes the relationship between knowledge and truth, deals with the possibilities of rational knowledge and its limits, specifically in relation to faith, religious texts and religious thinking. He is also engaged in the training of teachers of religion, where the main emphasis is on the development of competencies and critical thinking in the interpretation and interpretation of the Bible and other religious texts.

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Published

2021-06-17

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Roubalová, M. ., Kralik, R., & Kondrla, P. . (2021). Importance and method of teaching biblical Hebrew and aramaic in religious education of children and adults. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 12(1), 59–67. https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs2021.1.59.67