This unit is designed to build on the knowledge of Classical Hebrew acquired in AL9101C Hebrew A. The unit will concentrate on the “weak verbs” and a wider knowledge of standard Hebrew nominal forms. It will also give greater attention to further developing the student's knowledge of Hebrew syntax.

Unit code: AL9102C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate a developed understanding of the key grammatical elements of biblical Hebrew


Demonstrate command of a core of frequently used vocabulary and expressions


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 to adequately research a specific topic in Hebrew language study.

Unit sequence

AL9101C or equivalent


Interactive lectures

Indicative Bibliography

  • Arnold, Bill T., and John H. Choi. A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Clines, David J. A., ed. The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. 5 vols. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1996.
  • Hendel, R and Jan Joosten. How Old is the Hebrew Bible. Yale: Yale University Press, 2018.
  • Joüon, Paul. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. 2nd ed. Translated and revised by Takamitsu Muraoka. Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 2006.
  • Koehler, Ludwig, and Walter Baumgartner. The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Revised by Walter Baumgartner, et al. Edited and translated by M. E. J. Richardson, et al. 5 vols. Leiden: Brill, 1994–2000.
  • Lambdin, Thomas O. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1973.
  • 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.
  • Vance, Donald R. An Introduction to Classical Hebrew. Boston: Brill, 2004.
  • 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.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Class tests (10 x 200 words)

2000 30.0

Investigation (language) (3000 words)

3000 30.0
Written Examination

Examination (2 hours) (2000 words)

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 16 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-16 15:02:23 +1000