Pentateuch in Hebrew

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 212

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The students are introduced to further aspects of Hebrew grammar in the order in which they appear in the chosen passages and in the grammar book used.  The passages are chosen from different parts of the Pentateuch and/or the Former Prophets.

Aims

To introduce further aspects of Hebrew grammar and to enable students to use this grammatical knowledge for reading and translating biblical Hebrew texts.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

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

Knowledge and understanding

·      Demonstrate that they have developed their knowledge of Hebrew grammar

Intellectual skills

·      Engage in a detailed study of selected texts from the Pentateuch and/or the Former Prophets in Hebrew

·      Discuss specific interpretive issues arising from those texts

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Give evidence of broadened and developed translation and exegetical skills in interpreting OT texts

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:

·      Two class tests

 

45 minutes each

 

n/a

Summative:

·       An unseen examination

 

2 hours

 

100%

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

 

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

1.    Introduction and stative verbs; asking questions; imperfect of verbs with weak letters

2.    Grammar – imperatives, jussives and cohortatives; translation and exegesis of Gen 3:1-9

3.    Grammar – ‘vav’ disjunctive; passive participle; Gen 3:10-19

4.    Grammar – infinitive construct; Gen 12:1-9

5.    Grammar – infinitive absolute, introduction to derived conjugations- how to recognise them; Ex 3:1-9

6.    Grammar – pronominal suffixes on verbs; Ex 3:10-17

7.    Grammar – numerals; Lev 16:1-2, 6-10

8.    Grammar – Niphal; Lev 16:20-22, 29-31

9.    Grammar – Piel and Pual; Deut 4:9-14

10.  Grammar – Hiphil and Hophal; Deut 4:15-20

11.  Grammar – Hitpael; Deut 6:1-9

Teaching method

Small group seminars

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials will be 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

Commentaries on the biblical books studied, plus:

Davidson, B., The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2000)

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

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

Walker-Jones, Arthur, Hebrew for Biblical Interpretation (Atlanta: SBL, 2003)

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Pentateuch in Hebrew

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 212

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Hetty Lalleman or Dr Christopher J. Voke

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