This unit further develops the foundations of Biblical Hebrew necessary for translation and exegesis of selected Hebrew texts from the Old Testament. It provides instruction on advanced vocabulary, word forms and syntax of Biblical Hebrew. A set text from a Biblical book will be translated and parsed, with instruction on the accompanying cultural and historical background to the text. Methods of learning will include reading, listening and speaking the language alongside regular translation preparation, and interpretive reflections.

Unit code: AL9300T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Recognise and recall features of Biblical Hebrew including advanced vocabulary and word forms and complex syntax


Describe and analyse advanced grammatical and syntactic issues in a set text from the Hebrew Bible and other selected unseen texts.


Translate from Hebrew to English a set text from the Hebrew Bible and selected unseen texts.


Use aids to understanding Biblical Hebrew such as lexicons, dictionaries, critical commentaries and software tools.


Articulate a sophisticated interpretation of the set text through exegesis of the original language.


Demonstrate the ability to read aloud the script of Biblical Hebrew fluently.

Unit sequence

Biblical Hebrew A


Lectures and tutorials, online quizzes

Indicative Bibliography

  • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader's Edition. German Bible Society. Eds., George Athas, Yael Avrahami and Donald R. Vance. Peabody, MA; Stuttgart: Hendrickson, 2015.
  • Athas, G and Young I. M. Elementary Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. 5th ed. Croydon Park, NSW: Ancient Vessel Press, 2016.
  • Buth, Randall. Living Biblical Hebrew for Everyone. Jerusalem: Jerusalem Perspective, 1999.
  • Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2nd Edition, 2018 (Textbook and Answer Key Separate Volumes).
  • Andersen, Francis I. and A. Dean Forbes. Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012.
  • Van Pelt, Miles. English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.
  • Pratico, Gary D. and Miles V. Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001.
  • Tyndale House STEPBible. Available from:


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Exegesis (1200 words)

1200 15.0

Skill demonstration: Translation, reading and grammar exercises from set text (equivalent to 3200 words)

3200 40.0
Written Examination

Written Examination (equivalent to 2400 words)

2400 30.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quizzes (equivalent to 1200 words)

1200 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Carolyn Alsen on 20 Jul, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-08-01 14:13:59 +1000