This unit is a continuation course building on the skills learned in the unit AL8011W Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, although it will also cover exegetical issues. Students will extend their understanding of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary, while reading through the book of Ruth in Hebrew. As students are reading Ruth, they will be guided through issues of translation, interpretation, and exegesis.

Unit code: BA2010W

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Explain elements of Hebrew grammar, syntax and vocabulary


Translate and exegete selected passages from the book of Ruth


Work from the Hebrew text by utilising aids for translation and exegesis including: lexicons, concordances, parsing guides and commentaries


Evaluate exegetical methods for studying the book of Ruth including: textual criticism, historical dating, source criticism, and, particularly, literary criticism


Outline elements of the theology of the book of Ruth

Unit sequence

AL1011W Introduction to Biblical Hebrew or equivalent


Classroom based lectures, tutorials, exercises

Indicative Bibliography

  • Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Narrative. New York: Basic Books, 1981.
  • Beattie, Derek R. G. Jewish Exegesis of the Book of Ruth. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1977.
  • Brotzman, Ellis R. Old Testament Textual Criticism. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999.
  • Brown, Francis, S, R, Driver and Charles A. Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1906.
  • Bush, Frederic W. Ruth/Esther. Dallas: Word, 1996.
  • Campbell, Edward F. Ruth. Garden City: Doubleday, 1975.
  • Clines, David J. A. (ed.). The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. (2 vols) Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993, 1995.
  • Holladay, William L. A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: E J Brill, 1971; Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1972.
  • Hubbard, Robert L Jr. The Book of Ruth. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1988.
  • LaCocque, Andre. The feminine unconventional. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990.
  • Sakenfeld, Katherine D. Ruth. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1999.
  • Sasson, Jack M. Ruth: A new translation with a philological commentary and a formalist - folklorist interpretation. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1979.
  • Seow, C. L. A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Rev. edn. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

two hour examination

0 40.0

exegetical paper- 1,500 words

0 30.0
Short Answer Tests

Weekly tests (equivalent to 1500 words)

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 13 Dec, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-12-13 15:36:53 +1100