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Undergraduate Course: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (BIST08017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryConsolidation of structured grammar learning; plus a study of the following Biblical Hebrew texts: 1 Samuel 1; Jonah; Deuteronomy 5-6; Amos 3-5.
Course description Academic Description:
The aim of the course is to consolidate the students┐ understanding of the Hebrew language gained in Introducing Biblical Hebrew, by reading Hebrew Bible texts of varying character and difficulty (prose and poetry) and acquiring the techniques of translating and interpreting such texts.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
Students┐ understanding of the language gained in Introducing Biblical Hebrew is consolidated by an initial review of the grammar covered in that course. Thereafter, students will read the two creation stories (Genesis 1-3), the book of Jonah, a novella (the book of Ruth), and the beautiful and theologically profound poem called ┐ha'azinu┐ (Deuteronomy 32).

Student Learning Experience Information:
This course has a programme of two one-hour reading classes per week. In semester one, students will revise grammar, practise exercises as well as read easier portions of the Biblical texts. In second semester, students use what they have learned for exegesis, reading the Hebrew text and interpreting the passages.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introducing Biblical Hebrew (BIST08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Divinity/Religious Studies course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class tests (40%) + Degree exam (60%).
In order to pass this course, students must obtain a minimum of 40% in each of the above assessed components.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to parse accurately regular and irregular forms of the verb in all conjugations.
  2. Have increased their basic core of frequently used vocabulary.
  3. Have attained fluency in the oral reading of the set passages of Hebrew texts.
  4. Have a good knowledge of text-critical, historical and literary issues related to the passages enumerated in the course description.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Suzanna Millar
Tel: (0131 6)50 8904
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
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