This unit introduces students to Biblical Hebrew as a basis for enhanced study of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and for further study of Biblical Hebrew. Its primary focus is foundational Hebrew vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Translation of selected biblical texts into English is an important component of the unit.

Unit code: AL1600A

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate knowledge of basic Biblical Hebrew vocabulary


Identify the fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax


Translate basic Biblical Hebrew using lexicographical aids


Synchronous and asynchronous. Pre-recorded readings, weekly tutorials, guided reading and class exercises.

Indicative Bibliography

Brown, Francis, Driver, S and Briggs, C. A Hebrew and English lexicon of the Old Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Chisholm, R. B. Jr. From Exegesis to Exposition: A Practical Guide to Using Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.

Clines, David J A (ed.). The Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. (2 vols) Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009.

Fields, Lee. Hebrew for the Rest of Us. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.

Holladay, William L., A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: Brill, 1989.

Joüon, P. and Muraoka, T. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Rome: Editrice Pontificio Instituto Biblico, 2006.

Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.

Kelley, Page H., Burden, T and Crawford, T. A Handbook to Biblical Hebrew. An Introductory Grammar. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

Ross, A. P. Introducing Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.

Handouts, and articles from various texts will be distributed.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

8 exercises. Equiv. 2000 words.

Written Examination

Equiv. 1000 words.

Written Examination

Equiv. 1000 words.


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-20 10:50:33 +1100