JCBT 2019 Christmas Update

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Alumni,

Greetings from the Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators!

We have the joy of wishing you a blessed time of celebration from the Judean hills, not far from Bethlehem. We are happy to share with you the many events of the passing year and look forward to the anticipation of the upcoming year of service in 2020.

We will share our recent news via three short videos by Halvor. Each tells about an area of the important work of JCBT:
1. New advanced courses in Biblical Hebrew
2. Land of the Bible short term courses
3. The special Spring Semester of 2020. 

NEWS: JCBT has become increasingly involved in new ways to help deepen the understanding of the Hebrew text for translators and consultants.  

1. New advanced courses in Biblical Hebrew

 * A major effort to enhance and to empower consultants of the Hebrew Bible was initiated two years ago by our friends Drs. Ernst Wendland and Lynell Zogbo. They initiated a new framework for studying OT books, ONE BOOK AT A TIME. Last year JCBT organized the 3-week course to be held at the log home dormitory in Yad Hashmonah, Israel. The focus was on the poetry of the book of PSALMS. The workshop was highly successful and enjoyed by the 14 high-level consultants, who also wrote a scholarly paper as a requirement for the course.
     This year they chose to concentrate on a prophetic book: MICAH. The course consisted of an intensive study of the entire Hebrew text of Micah to the benefit and joy of the 14 consultants who had been chosen to attend the course. Imagine the impact of the vivid viewing of the countryside where Micah had lived in the Judean foothills adjacent to their Philistine enemy neighbors in the plains. It was Micah who prophesized to the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem and proclaimed that HE would be “great to the ends of the earth”, the very purpose of the existence of JCBT. 

* JCBT has also provided a fitting framework for the project of Seed Company to fill a growing lack of OT translators. The project is to train experienced NT consultants to become OT consultants by intensive Hebrew studies which culminate in an intensive one-month course in August by a “Living Biblical Hebrew” instructor at JCBT. This year was the second time running and the plans continue. Bob Carter carries the main responsibility for this successful course. He has been assisted by the Israeli graduates of the course which trains Israelis to teach Biblical Hebrew ( hebrew4nations@gmail.com ).  

2. Land of the Bible Short Term Courses JCBT is known for pioneering the emphasis on studying the TEXT in its original CONTEXT. The major visionary for implementing this emphasis with short-term groups has been one of the leaders of UBS, Dr. Voth. This year 139 consultants and translators, who were sent our way, participated in the well planned and organized