This unit is designed to enable students with a background in biblical Hebrew to advance their Hebrew skills through the guided reading of selected Hebrew texts. Passages are chosen from both prose and poetic texts. Attention is given to a detailed morphological and syntactical explanation of the texts as well as text critical problems, including both modern textual criticism and the Masorah. Building on previous study, students will revise and deepen their knowledge of the phonetics, morphology, and syntax of Biblical Hebrew. They will approach texts in a more critical manner, looking for “true variants,” their implication for the text tradition, and their applicability to the exegesis of biblical passages. They will also consolidate their linguistic skills through exercises in intermediate Hebrew prose composition.
Give an English equivalent of selected prose and poetic passages from the Hebrew Bible with and without the aid of lexicons as well as defend translational choices in each particular case.
Analyse and categorise accurately common Hebrew word forms, both verbal and nominal
Exhibit mastery of the vocabulary associated with texts studied in class.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the methodology of text criticism of the Hebrew text by comparing textual variants and estimating their probability.
Apply their knowledge of Hebrew and textual variants to the exegesis of passages in the Hebrew Bible.
Demonstrate an advanced capacity to research particular problematic areas in the morphological or syntactical areas of the study of Hebrew, such as the question of Hebrew tenses and moods.
AL9101C and AL9102C or equivalent
Classes consist of reading and analysing texts, discussing philological problems, revising vocabulary and grammar, as well as interactive lectures, discussions, and seminars.
10 x 15-minute written tests (equivalent to 2,500 words)
15 Minute oral presentation
1hr written examination
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018
Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-10 13:42:58 +1000