Professor Michael Carasik, Ph.D.

Professor Michael Carasik
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Brandeis University
Reading the Bible in Hebrew is like traveling back in time. You can hear voices from 2500 years ago speaking directly to you.

Dr. Michael Carasik has taught Biblical Hebrew since 1991 and is currently adjunct assistant professor of Biblical Hebrew at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 2000. He earned his PhD in Bible and Ancient Near East from Brandeis University.

A member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty Working Group on Recovered Language Pedagogies, Professor Carasik has also taught at Hebrew College, Northeastern University, the University of Delaware, Gratz College, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and Saint Joseph’s University. In addition, he has taught adults in the Kerem, Melton, and Me’ah/ConText programs.

Professor Carasik is the creator, editor, and translator of The Commentators’ Bible (The JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot), an English-language version of the traditional Jewish Bible commentaries dating from the 11th to the 16th centuries. He also is the author of Theologies of the Mind in Biblical Israel, a description of the Israelite understanding of psychology as revealed in the Bible, and The Bible’s Many Voices, a layperson’s guide to what the human authors of the Bible meant by their writing. Professor Carasik’s other publications include numerous articles, reviews, reference book entries, and translations.

Professor Carasik has worked for the National Hebrew Proficiency Guidelines Committee, has been a columnist for Jewish Ideas Daily, and has spoken at synagogues around the United States. He has served the Philadelphia Jewish community as vice president of the Center City Eruv Committee and president of the Center City Kehillah, and has hosted the weekly Torah Talk podcast since 2009. He is the weekday Torah reader at historic congregation Kesher Israel in Philadelphia and blogs as The Bible Guy on WordPress.com.

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  1. Biblical Hebrew: Learning a Sacred Language

    Biblical Hebrew: Learning a Sacred Language

    Michael Carasik
    4.7 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Starting at $334.95 Starting at $334.95 $384.95 $334.95$384.95
    Get an authoritative primer on a fascinating ancient tongue with Biblical Hebrew: Learning a Sacred Language. Covering everything from the Hebrew alphabet and punctuation marks to essential vocabulary words to advanced grammatical rules, Professor Michael Carasik’s 36 lectures equip you to read one of the world’s greatest books in its original language on your own.
  2. (Set) Biblical Hebrew & Greek 101 Set

    (Set) Biblical Hebrew & Greek 101

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $669.90 Starting at $669.90 $769.90 $669.90$769.90
    Delve into the wonderful world of ancient language with this two-course set. Learn how to read the Hebrew Bible in its original ancient language with Biblical Hebrew: Learning a Sacred Language. Then, master a graceful alphabet, the precision of the nouns and verbs, the endlessly flexible syntax, and a vivid vocabulary with Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language.
  3. (Set) Biblical Hebrew & The World of Biblical Israel Set

    (Set) Biblical Hebrew & The World of Biblical Israel

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Step back into time and examine ancient cultures from a new view with this set. Start by interpreting the Hebrew Bible for yourself as you learn how to read it in its original language: ancient Hebrew with Biblical Hebrew: Learning a Sacred Language. Then, journey through ancient Israel to meet the world, the people, the challenges, and the triumphs of an infamous ancient land with The World of Biblical Israel.
  4. (Set) Biblical Hebrew & Latin 101 Set

    (Set) Biblical Hebrew & Latin 101

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Discover the joys of ancient languages with this two-course set. Start by exploring the Hebrew Bible in its full artistry and power with Biblical Hebrew: Learning a Sacred Language. Then, gain access to some of the world’s greatest thoughts in the original language with Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language.
  5. (Set) Biblical Hebrew & Learning French Set

    (Set) Biblical Hebrew & Learning French

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $669.90 Starting at $669.90 $769.90 $669.90$769.90
    From ancient to modern, get a rewarding introduction to some of the most intriguing and beautiful languages in the world with this two-course set. Interpret the Hebrew Bible for yourself with Biblical Hebrew: Learning a Sacred Language and master the core building blocks of French while also gaining crucial cultural insights with Learning French: A Rendezvous with French-Speaking Cultures.
  6. (Set) Biblical Hebrew & Learning Spanish Set

    (Set) Biblical Hebrew & Learning Spanish

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $669.90 Starting at $669.90 $769.90 $669.90$769.90
    Open your eyes to a new view of other cultures with this language course set. Start reading the Hebrew Bible in its original language with Biblical Hebrew: Learning a Sacred Language. Then, get “under the hood” of Spanish, learning the key concepts of grammar, culture, and vocabulary with Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language.