Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Hebrew Prose Composition 1

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit, rather than reading and translating Hebrew texts into English, students will translate various biblical passages from English into Hebrew. Besides helping the students to strengthen further their Hebrew grammar, this exercise is particularly effective for mastering the syntax of Classical Hebrew: it will help students to further familiarise themselves with Hebrew idioms and sentence structure, which will prove very useful for the reading of Hebrew texts.

Study-unit Aims:

1. To train students to compose prose in Classical Hebrew;
2. To help students to master their Hebrew grammar and the syntax of the language.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to compose prose in Classical Hebrew.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to have a better grasp of the syntax of Classical Hebrew (ex: its idioms, sentence structure, etc.), which will prove very effective in the student's translating exercises.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Joüon, P., and Muraoka, T. 2006. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, revised English edition, Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico.
- Lambdin, T.O. 1976. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, 2003 reprint of 1976 edition, London: Darton, Longman, and Todd Ltd.
- Weingreen, J. 1957. Classical Hebrew Composition, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- Weingreen, J. 1959. A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, 2nd edn., Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Wilhelm, G. 2006. Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar, edited and enlarged by E. Kautzch, tr. A.E. Cowley, Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications.


ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: NES1003 or good knowledge of Biblical Hebrew


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Written Exercises SEM2 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Dennis Mizzi

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