This unit will further the study of biblical Hebrew by addressing more advanced aspects of morphology and syntax. A longer consecutive text from the Hebrew Bible will be read and discussed in class.

Unit code: AL8002Y (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


demonstrate command of the morphology and syntax of the Hebrew texts studied


apply extensive knowledge of Hebrew vocabulary


accurately translate the Hebrew texts studied, as well as unknown texts of equal or lesser difficulty


critically discuss exegetical questions in relation to the texts studied


use lexical and other aids for the study and translation of Hebrew texts.

Unit sequence

Pre-requisites: AL8001Y or equivalent Co-requisites: nil


A combination of brief lectures, interactive exercises and personal study. Audiovisual material will be used as appropriate.

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
  • Holladay, William L. A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: Brill, 1988.
  • Joüon, Paul. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Translated and revised by Takamitsu Muraoka. 2nd ed., with corrections. Rome: Gregorian and Biblical Press, 2011.
  • 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 2500 40.0
Written Examination

One 2-hour written examination

2000 35.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-08 15:48:05 +1000