Old Testament Writings in Hebrew

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 213

UNIT DESCRIPTION

Students continue their studies in Hebrew grammar and work together on the translation and grammatical analysis of selected passages.  In addition a variety of commentaries is consulted and critically assessed.

Aims

In addition to what students learn in unit 214 OT Writings in English - which students of the present unit have to audit - students choosing the Hebrew option will have an opportunity to learn further aspects of Hebrew grammar and develop their competency in the reading and translation of a selection of texts chosen from the Old Testament Writings.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

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

Knowledge and understanding

·      Understand the rudiments of Hebrew poetry

Intellectual skills

·      Engage in a detailed study of selected texts from the Psalms and the further Writings in Hebrew

·      Discuss specific interpretive issues arising from those texts

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Show increased skills in the translation, grammatical analysis and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible

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

For example  1.  Psalm 1       2-3.   Psalm 19

4-6.   Selected verses from Psalm 119

7-8.   Psalm 25                        9-11. Proverbs 3

Teaching method

Small group seminars

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

Brown, F., S.R. Driver and C.A. Briggs, Hebrew and English Lexicon of the OT (Oxford: OUP, 1907 or later)

Bullock, C. Hassell, An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books (Chicago: Moody Press, 1988)

Davidson, B., The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon (London: Bagster & Sons, 1978)

Futato, Mark D., Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007)

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

VanGemeren, William A. (ed.), New International Dictionary of OT Theology and Exegesis, 5 vols (Carlisle/Grand Rapids: Paternoster/Eerdmans, 1997)

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

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Old Testament Writings in Hebrew

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 213

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Hetty Lalleman

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