Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Classical Hebrew 2

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is the second part of the training required in the basics of Classical Hebrew, so that students will continue consolidating their knowledge of the ancient language gained in NES1003, which is a prerequisite for this study-unit. The emphasis lies on a great deal of oral and written exercises in grammar and translation, especially with respect to a complete list of the verbal forms and problems of syntax.

Study-unit Aims:

1. To finish all the verbal forms;
2 To expand the knowledge of Classical Hebrew vocabulary;
3. To make a great deal of exercises in written and oral translation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Understand longer and more complicated passages in Classical Hebrew;
2. Use as wider range of Classical Hebrew vocabulary;
3. Get a better grasp of Classical Hebrew syntax.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Read texts (even those in English) much more attentively;
2. Appreciate other languages;
3. Have an eye to detail.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Arnold, B. T. and Choi, J. H. (2003) A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
- Brown, F., Driver, S.R., and Briggs, C.A. (1951) A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, with an Appendix containing the Biblical Aramaic, Oxford: Claredon Press. (reprint with corrections of the 1906 edition)
- Lambdin, T. O. (1973) Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (London: Darton, Longman & Todd)
- Mitchel, L. A. (1984) A Student’s Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic (Michigan: Zondervan)
- Pratico, G. and Van Pelt, M. (2007) Basics of Biblical Hebrew (2nd edition; Grand Rapids: Zondervan)

The lecturer will provide a more detailed bibliography in class/on VLE.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study-unit: NES1003 or for students who are knowledgeable of the basics of Classical/Biblical Hebrew.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination (30 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 40%
Oral and Written Exercises SEM2 No 60%

LECTURER/S Abigail Zammit

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