Advanced Hebrew

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 310

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit involves the translation and interpretation of consecutive chapters from diverse books of the Old Testament to be taken from Pentateuch, Prophets and Writings.  Examples are Ruth, 1 Samuel 1-3, Isaiah 6-9, Jeremiah 1, 7-9, 31, Ezekiel 8-11, 37, Amos.

Aims

To enable students to read and interpret the Hebrew text of the Old Testament.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

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

Knowledge and understanding

·      Demonstrate adequate knowledge of the grammar of biblical Hebrew

Intellectual skills

·      Assess textual variations

·      Engage in the interpretation of the Hebrew text in the light of modern interpretative approaches

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Translate texts from the Hebrew Old Testament with confidence and competence

·      Present a paper in class

·      Explain texts to those who do not know Hebrew in a profound way

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:

·         Student-led seminar on the translation and exegesis of a passage

 

 

n/a

Summative:

·         An unseen written examination

 

two hours

 

100%

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

1

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

Examples of passages are Ruth, 1 Samuel 1-3, Isaiah 6-9, Jeremiah 1, 7-9, 31, Ezekiel 8-11, 37, Amos.

Teaching method

Small working 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

Commentaries on the set texts from series such as Anchor Bible, Hermeneia, International Critical Commentary, New International Commentary on the OT and Word Biblical Commentary

 

A concordance such as J.R. Kohlenberger and J.A. Swanson, The Hebrew-English Concordance to the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998)

 

Elliger, Kurt, and Wilhelm Rudolph (eds), Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Stuttgart: UBS, 1977)

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

McCarter, P. Kile, Textual Criticism: Rediscovering the Text of the Hebrew Bible (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986)

Schertz, Mary H. and Perry B. Yoder, Seeing the Text: Exegesis for Students of Greek and Hebrew (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001)

Tov, Emanuel, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001)

VanGemeren, William A. (ed.), New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, 5 vols (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1997)

Würthwein, Ernst, The Text of the Old Testament: An introduction to the Biblia Hebraica (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979)

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Advanced Hebrew

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 310

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Hetty Lalleman

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