This unit will introduce students to biblical Hebrew by the study of its basic grammar and syntax, the reading of selected Hebrew texts, and the acquisition of a basic Hebrew vocabulary.

Unit code: AL8001Y (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


demonstrate an understanding of Hebrew morphology by parsing nouns, verbs and other compound lexemes


explain aspects of Hebrew grammar to peers


recall an extended Hebrew vocabulary


accurately translate the Hebrew texts studied, as well as simpler unseen texts with the help of lexical aids


use biblical dictionaries and lexical aids to prepare a word study on key Hebrew terms.

Unit sequence

Pre-requisites: nil Co-requisites: nil


Learning biblical Hebrew will have an immediate impact on your reading and understanding the Old Testament and the Bible in general. This unit introduces students to biblical Hebrew through the study of its basic grammar and syntax, the reading of selected Hebrew texts, and the acquisition of a basic Hebrew vocabulary.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bolozky, Shmuel. 501 Hebrew verbs fully conjugated in all the tenses in a new easy-to-follow format alphabetically arranged by root. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series, 1996; 2nd ed. 2008.
  • Brown, Francis, Samuel R. Driver, and Charles A. Briggs. Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Reprint. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999.
  • Elliger, Karl, and Wilhelm Rudolph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 3rd ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1987.
  • Futato, Mark D. Beginning Biblical Hebrew. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2003. ProQuest Ebook Central.
  • Holladay, William L. A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: Brill, 1988.
  • Joüon, Paul, and Takamitsu Muraoka. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Subsidia Biblica 14/I, II. Rome: Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1991.
  • Putnam, Frederic Clarke. A New Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2010.
  • Sáenz-Badillos, Angel. A History of the Hebrew Language. Cambridge: CUP, 1993. Van Pelt, Miles V., and Gary D. Pratico. *The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003. Walker-Jones, Arthur. *Hebrew for Biblical Interpretation. Resources for Biblical Study 48 Atlanta, GA: Society for Biblical Literature, 2003.
  • Wonneberger, Reinhard. Understanding BHS. A Manual for the Users of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Subsidia Biblica 8. Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1984.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests 1500 25.0
Skill Demonstration 1500 25.0
Learning Resource 1000 20.0
Written Examination

One 2-hour written examination

2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 8 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-20 16:04:08 +1100