Through lectures and the detailed examination of selected Hebrew texts the student is introduced to the basic morphology and syntax of biblical Hebrew (SBH). A select vocabulary is to be acquired.

Unit code: AL9101C (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the key grammatical elements of biblical Hebrew. In particular the “regular” paradigms


Demonstrate command of a core of frequently used vocabulary


Give an English equivalent of select passages (principally prose narrative) from the Old Testament with and without the aid of lexicons


Apply their knowledge of Hebrew to the exegesis of passages in the Old Testament


Apply their knowledge of available resources to the examination of problems of syntax and morphology in Hebrew


Demonstrate the capacity for self-directed research in a given topic in Hebrew language study.


Interactive lectures

Indicative Bibliography

  • Kittel, Rudolf, Karl Elliger, and Wilhelm Rudolph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 4th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1990. (recommended for purchase)

Access to a recognized mainstream grammar of Classical Hebrew:

  • Gesenius, Wilhelm. Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar. 2nd English rev. ed. Edited by E. Kautzsch and A.E. Crowley. Oxford: Clarendon, 1980.
  • Lambdin, Thomas O. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. London: DLT, 1973.
  • Seow, Choon L. A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Rev. ed. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995. Vance, Donald R. An Introduction to Classical Hebrew. Boston: Brill, 2004.

Access to a dictionary of Classical Hebrew:

  • Clines, David J. A., David M. Stec, and Jacqueline C. R. De Roo. The Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009.
  • Holladay, William L. and Ludwig Kohler. A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, Based Upon the Lexical Work of Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner. Leiden: Brill, 1971.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

Examination (2 hours)(2000 words)

2000 40.0

Investigation (language) (2000 words)

2000 30.0
Short Answer Tests

Weekly tests (10 x 200 words)

2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-10 10:42:43 +1000