Biblical Hebrew B

Field: Biblical Languages 
Unit Code(s): AL2300T/AL2309T
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (2)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: Introducing Biblical Hebrew
Content: This unit will will further induct students in various sounds and structures of word forms and syntax in biblical Hebrew, together with the accompanying cultural and historical background of the Old Testament. Selections of the Book of Jonah will be translated and parsed using methods of learning based on applied linguistics with video lectures, writing activities, weekly vocabulary and parsing quizzes, translation activities in the lessons and an exam translation and interpretive reflections on a passage from Jonah​.​
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • recall more substantial amounts of vocabulary and syntactic features of biblical Hebrew
  • describe and analyse grammatical and syntactic issues in specific vocabulary and a set of particular texts from the Old Testament
  • use more advanced grammatical features of biblical Hebrew vocabulary and phrases to read and explain meaning
  • translate from English to Hebrew and Hebrew to English selected generic and biblical texts
  • articulate an interpretation of a text in the Book of Jonah through translation processes.
  • Quizzes, equivalent to 1,000 words (30%)
  • Skill demonstration: translation exercises, equivalent to 2,000 words (30%)
  • Written examination, equivalent to 1,500 words (40%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader's Edition. German Bible Society. Eds., George Athas, Yael Avrahami and Donald R. Vance. Peabody, MA; Stuttgart: Hendrickson, 2015.

Buth, Randall. Living Biblical Hebrew for Everyone. Jerusalem: Jerusalem Perspective, 1999.

Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2ndEdition, 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.