This unit is designed to enable students with a background in biblical Hebrew to advance their Hebrew skills through the guided reading of selected Hebrew texts. Passages are chosen from both prose and poetic texts. Attention is given to a morphological and syntactical explanation of the texts. Building on previous study, students will revise and deepen their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and textual criticism. They will also learn the basics of Hebrew prose composition to consolidate their linguistic skills.

Unit code: BA3503C

Unit status: Archived (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Give an English equivalent of selected prose and poetic passages from the Hebrew Bible with and without the aid of lexicons


Analyse and categorise accurately common Hebrew word forms, both verbal and nominal


Exhibit very good control of the vocabulary associated with texts studied in class, including the study of semantic fields of words


Demonstrate a good knowledge of the more advanced methodology of textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible


Apply their knowledge of Hebrew to the exegesis of a range of passages of variable difficulty in the Hebrew Bible.


Demonstrate a capacity to understand and explain particular philological, morphological, and syntactical areas of the study of Hebrew.

Unit sequence

AL1101C and AL1102C or equivalent


Classes consist of reading and analysing texts, discussing philological problems, revising vocabulary and grammar, as well as interactive lectures and discussions.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Clines, David J. A. The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. 9 vols. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993–2016.
  • Gesenius, Wilhelm. Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar. Edited by Emil Kautzsch and Arthur E. Cowley. 2nd ed. 1910. Reprint, Oxford: Blackwell, 1983. (EBook available.)
  • Gibson, John C. L. Davidson’s Introductory Hebrew Grammar-Syntax. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1994.
  • Joüon, Paul. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Translated and revised by Takamitsu Muraoka. 2nd ed., with corrections. Rome: Gregorian and Biblical Press, 2011.
  • Kittell, Rudolf, Karl Elliger, and Wilhelm Rudolph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 4th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1990.
  • Lambdin, Thomas O. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1973.
  • Tal, Abraham, ed. Genesis. Biblia Hebraica quinta 1. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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. (EBook available.)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

2-hour written examination

2000 50.0
Short Answer Tests

15-minute tests (equivalent to 250 words)

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2023-06-13 16:00:06 +1000