Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Classical Hebrew 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION Since this study-unit is the first part of a study-unit in Classical Hebrew, the basic building blocks of this language will be taught, and these include the following: the Hebrew alphabet, the morphology of Classical Hebrew, elementary syntactical aspects of this language, and vocabulary. This is a practical study-unit in Classical Hebrew, and therefore many translation exercises will be done.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To teach students the alphabet using the Hebrew “Square Script”.
- To learn the vocalic system of Classical Hebrew as transmitted by the Massoretes.
- To explain the various types of nouns (both in the absolute and construct state).
- To guide students in learning vocabulary.
- To explain the Hebrew verbal system (including all the forms of the regular verbs).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Write simple sentences in Classical Hebrew using the “Square Script”.
- Read moderately long sentences in Classical Hebrew and translate them into English.
- Understand the word order in Classical Hebrew.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will:

- Be able to read texts (even those in English) much more attentively.
- Be able to appreciate other languages.
- Have an eye to detail.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

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).

Feyerabend, K. Pocket Hebrew Dictionary: Hebrew English, Münich, Berlin: Langenscheidt, n.d.

Rüger, H.P., Rudolph W. (ed.) (1983) Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, 2nd revised edn., Stuttgart, Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft.

Weingreen, J. (1959) A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, 2nd edn., Oxford: Claredon Press.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination (20 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 40%
Oral and Written Exercises SEM1 No 60%

LECTURER/S Abigail Zammit

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