Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Classical Hebrew 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is the first part of the training required in the basics of Classical Hebrew. A number of basic building blocks of this language will be taught, and these include the following: the Hebrew alphabet, the morphology of Classical Hebrew, syntactical aspects of this language, and vocabulary. This is a practical study-unit in Classical Hebrew, and therefore many oral and written 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.

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.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.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination (30 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 40%
Oral and Written Exercises SEM1 No 60%

LECTURER/S Abigail Zammit

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