Content

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 morphological and syntactical explanation of the texts. Building on previous study, students will revise and deepen their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and textual criticism. They will also learn the basics of Hebrew prose composition to consolidate their linguistic skills.

Unit code: AL2503C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Give an English equivalent of selected prose and poetic passages from the Hebrew Bible with and without the aid of lexicons;

2.

Analyse and categorise accurately more advanced Hebrew word forms, both verbal and nominal

3.

Exhibit good control of the vocabulary associated with texts studied in class, including the study of semantic fields of words

4.

Demonstrate a good knowledge of the more advanced methodology of textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible

5.

Apply their knowledge of Hebrew to the exegesis of a range of passages of variable difficulty in the Hebrew Bible.

Unit sequence

AL1101C and AL1102C or equivalent

Pedagogy

Classes consist of reading and analysing texts, discussing philological problems, revising vocabulary and grammar, as well as interactive lectures and discussions.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Clines, David J. A. The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. 9 vols. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993–2016.
  • Gesenius, Wilhelm. Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar. Edited by Emil Kautzsch and Arthur E. Cowley. 2nd ed. 1910. Reprint, Oxford: Blackwell, 1983. (EBook available.)
  • Gibson, John C. L. Davidson’s Introductory Hebrew Grammar-Syntax. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1994.
  • Joüon, Paul. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Translated and revised by Takamitsu Muraoka. 2nd ed., with corrections. Rome: Gregorian and Biblical Press, 2011.
  • Kittell, Rudolf, Karl Elliger, and Wilhelm Rudolph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 4th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1990.
  • Lambdin, Thomas O. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1973.
  • Tal, Abraham, ed. Genesis. Biblia Hebraica quinta 1. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2015.
  • Van der Merwe, Christo H. J., Jacobus A. Naudé, and Jan H. Kroeze. A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar. 2nd ed. New York: Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark, 2017.
  • Waltke, Bruce K., and Michael P. O’Connor. An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1990.
  • Williams, Ronald J. Hebrew Syntax: An Outline. 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. (EBook available.)

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

10 x 15-minute written examination (equivalent to 2,500 words)

2500 50.0
Written Examination

2-hour written examination

0 50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

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