Introducing Biblical Hebrew

Field: Biblical Languages 
Unit Code(s): AL1300T/AL1309T
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (1)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: None
Content: This unit will introduce students to the alphabet, various sounds and structures of word forms and syntax in biblical Hebrew, together with the accompanying cultural and historical background of the Old Testament. 77% of the Bible is communicated in Hebrew. This unit enables students to read selected texts from the Old Testament for meaning. Methods of learning using principles of applied linguistics and language online pedagogy include: video lectures and writing activities, weekly vocabulary and parsing quizzes, translation activities in the lessons and an exam translation and interpretive reflections on a biblical passage.​.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • recall alphabetical, vocabulary and syntactic features of biblical Hebrew
  • describe the grammatical and syntactic issues in particular texts from the Old Testament
  • analyse elementary grammatical features of biblical Hebrew vocabulary and phrases
  • translate from Hebrew to English selected generic and biblical texts
  • articulate an interpretation of a text through translation processes.
  • Quizzes, equivalent to 1,000 words (30%)
  • Skill demonstration, equivalent to 1,000 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.

Andersen, Francis I., and A. Dean. Forbes. Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2014

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).

Kushner, Lawrence, The Book of Letters: a Mystical Aleph Bet. Woodstock: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1999

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.