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TITLE Biblical Hebrew

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and Greek

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is envisaged to serve as an introductory study-unit into the phonetics, morphology, and syntax of the Hebrew Bible language, so as to provide a good basic working ability with Hebrew texts in Theology study-units.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at enabling students to understand the basic meanings of the different parts of speech of Hebrew grammar, to acquire a basic morphology of Hebrew, and to perform basic parsing of texts of the Hebrew Bible, and to apply the theological implications in the Hebrew Bible for the other theological study-units.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- understand the basic morphology of Biblical Hebrew;
- define the various parts of speech involved in Biblical Hebrew;
- identify and use the basic Hebrew terminology adopted in theological studies;
- understand and translate the simpler texts of the Hebrew Bible.

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

- read with relative ease narrative texts in the Hebrew Bible;
- use the basic fundamental vocabulary of Hebrew;
- use the principal elements of Hebrew syntax;
- interpret the basic message in the Hebrew Bible narrative texts;
- support theological arguments with the correct interpretation of the Hebrew Bible text.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:
- WEINGREEN, Jacob (1959) A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, 2nd edn., Oxford: Claredon Press
- ELLIGER, Karl and RUDOLPH, Wilhelm (ed.) (1998) Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, 6th revised edn., Stuttgart, Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft
- FEYERABEND, Karl (n.d.) Langenscheidt's Pocket Hebrew Dictionary to the Old Testament: Hebrew English, Berlin and Munich: Langenscheidt
- BROWN, Francis., DRIVER, S.R., and BRIGGS, Charles 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)

Different methodology grammars:
- LAMBDIN Thomas O. (1991), Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, New York
- FUTATO Mark D., Beginning Biblical Hebrew (2003), Winona Lake/IL
- WALTKE Bruce K., and O'CONNOR M. (1990), An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns
FULLER Russell T. and CHOI Kyoungwon, Invitation to Biblical Hebrew. A Beginning Grammar, 6 DVDs, Grand Rapids/MI: Kregel Digital Editions


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Stefano Attard

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