This unit is designed to introduce students to a basic knowledge of Classical Hebrew. The unit concentrates on the “strong verb” with a view to preparing students for rudimentary exegesis from the Hebrew text and for the possible further study of Hebrew.

Unit code: AL1101C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Set out the “regular” paradigm of Classical Hebrew word forms


Identify the basic syntactical elements of Classical Hebrew


Demonstrate a knowledge of a select Hebrew vocabulary


Understand the meaning of select medium difficulty Hebrew biblical texts


Apply their knowledge of Hebrew to the exegesis of medium difficulty biblical Hebrew texts.


Interactive lectures

Indicative Bibliography

Access to a recognized mainstream grammar of Classical Hebrew:

  • Futato, Mark D. Beginning Biblical Hebrew. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2003.
  • Lambdin, Thomas O. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. London: DLT, 1973.
  • Seow, Choon L. A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Rev. ed. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995.
  • Vance, Donald R. An Introduction to Classical Hebrew. Boston: Brill, 2004.

Access to a dictionary of Classical Hebrew:

  • Clines, David J. A., David M. Stec, and Jacqueline C. R. De Roo. The Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009.
  • Holladay, William L. and Ludwig Kohler. A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, Based Upon the Lexical Work of Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner. Leiden: Brill, 1971.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Weekly tests (10 x 200 words)

2000 50.0
Written Examination

two-hour examination (2000 words)

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 16 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-16 14:55:45 +1000