Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators:

The Home for Bible Translators since 1995

General Info


The Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators (JCBT) is a non-profit educational ministry which focuses on training mother-tongue Bible translators, consultants-in-training and consultants. This training, under the auspices of the Rothberg International School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, serves to allow increasing numbers of people to gain access to the message of the Bible in their mother-tongue in a quality translation based on the Hebrew text.

This new video provides an overview of the mission and services of JCBT.

The older introductory video can be found here, in our YouTube channel.




The JCBT/Hebrew University program is designed specifically for Bible translators. JCBT has served translators and consultants from many different Bible translation agencies including Biblica, Bible League, IBT, NBTT SIL, TSCO, UBS, Word for the World, Wycliffe as well as sign language agencies like Deaf Missions and D.O.O.R. The students have come from some 36 different countries.




JCBT offers:

  1. Spring Semester program which focuses on teaching the TEXT of the Bible in the CONTEXT of the living Hebrew language and in Israel as the land of the Bible.
  2. various short term (two week) LAND OF THE BIBLE programs which introduce the physical and cultural context of the biblical text. Additionally, one-month programs are available for advanced levels of HEBREW – like specifically the book of Psalms or the general structures of Hebrew Poetry. Short term courses have been taught in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and Sign Language as we attempt to serve translators from a variety of cultures – including some instruction in Hebrew.


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