Basic Hebrew

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 110

UNIT DESCRIPTION

Students are introduced to Hebrew consonants and vowels, common Old Testament vocabulary (nouns, adjectives, verbs and prepositions), pronominal suffixes on prepositions, forms of the regular and irregular verbs, absolute and construct forms of the noun, and the reading and translation of short passages from the Hebrew Bible.

Aims

To introduce the preliminary aspects of Hebrew grammar and to enable students to read and translate simple passages from the Hebrew Bible

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·         Demonstrate an understanding of basic grammar and syntax of Biblical Hebrew

Intellectual skills

·         Translate straightforward Old Testament passages into contemporary English with the help of appropriate study aids

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·         Apply their understanding of Hebrew grammar and translation to basic exegesis and interpretation

·         Prioritise learning tasks and plan their work independently

·         Work together in a small group

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:

·      2 class tests

 

45 minutes each

 

n/a

Summative:

·      An unseen examination

 

2 hours

 

100%

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

2

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

1.i consonants; 1.ii vowels; shewa

2.i inseparable prepositions; 2.ii daghes lene/forte; definite article; syllables; vocabulary

3.i nouns; 3.ii   adjectives

4.i perfect verb; 4.ii consolidation

5.i class test; consolidation: reading Hebrew

5.ii personal pronouns; demonstratives; construct forms

6.i pronominal suffixes; 6.ii active participle; object pronouns

7.i imperfect tense; directive he; asher

7.ii consecutive

8.i statives; imperatives; cohortative; jussive;

8.ii consolidation; revision

9.i class test; verbal suffixes; derived forms; 9.ii reading Genesis 1

10.i reading Exodus 20; 10.ii   reading Deuteronomy 5

11.i reading Psalm 100/ Exodus 3; 11.ii consolidation and revision

Teaching method

Small seminar group

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning

Feedback

Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)

 

Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

Cook, John and Robert Holmstedt, Beginning Biblical Hebrew: A Grammar and Illustrated Reader (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013)

Landes, G.M., Building your Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary (Atlanta: SBL, 2001)

Ross, Allen P., Introducing Biblical Hebrew (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001)

Wegner, Paul D., Using Biblical Hebrew in Ministry: A Practical Guide for Students and Pastors (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2009)

The Holy Scriptures in the Original Languages (London: Trinitarian Bible Society, 1998)

 

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Basic Hebrew

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 110

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Hetty Lalleman

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