This unit further develops the foundations of Biblical Hebrew necessary for translation and exegesis of selected Hebrew texts from the Old Testament. It provides instruction on advanced vocabulary, word forms and syntax of Biblical Hebrew. A set text from a Biblical book will be translated and parsed, with instruction on the accompanying cultural and historical background to the text. Methods of learning will include reading, listening and speaking the language alongside regular translation preparation, and interpretive reflections.

Unit code: AL2309T

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Recognise and recall features of Biblical Hebrew including advanced vocabulary and word forms, and complex syntax.


Describe and analyse advanced grammatical and syntactic issues in a set text from the Hebrew Bible and other selected unseen texts.


Translate from Hebrew to English a set text from the Hebrew Bible and selected unseen texts.


Use aids to understanding Biblical Hebrew such as lexicons, dictionaries, critical commentaries and software tools.


Articulate an interpretation of the set text through exegesis of the original language.

Unit sequence

Prerequisite: Introducing Biblical Hebrew


Online lectures, tutorials and video conferencing using multimedia and interactive sessions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader's Edition. German Bible Society. Eds., George Athas, Yael Avrahami and Donald R. Vance. Peabody, MA; Stuttgart: Hendrickson, 2015.
  • Buth, Randall. Living Biblical Hebrew for Everyone. Jerusalem: Jerusalem Perspective, 1999.
  • Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2nd Edition, 2018 (Textbook and Answer Key Separate Volumes).
  • Andersen Francis I. and A. Dean Forbes. Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012.
  • Van Pelt, Miles. English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.
  • Pratico, Gary D. and Miles V. Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Quizzes (equivalent to 1200 words)

1200 30.0
Skill Demonstration

Skill demonstration: Translation and grammar exercises from set text (equivalent to 1200 words)

1200 30.0
Written Examination

Written Examination (equivalent to 1600 words)

1600 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 28 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000