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Postgraduate Course: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (PG) (BIST11024)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course consolidates reading of classical Hebrew, introduces students to textual criticism and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, and to applies these skills into the wider activities of the study of biblical texts.
Course description Academic Description:
This course aims to consolidate the students' understanding of the Hebrew language gained in Introducing Biblical Hebrew, by reading Hebrew Bible texts of graded difficulty and differing character (covering prose and poetry), and builds analytical skills of textual criticism and exegesis.

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 concentrate on rapid reading of graded texts, beginning with more straightforward prose, moving on to more demanding passages including some syntactically challenging poetry.

Student Learning Experience Information:
This course has a programme of two hours of reading classes per week. In semester one, students will revise grammar, practise exercises, as well as read easier portions of the Biblical texts, and apply prior learning of biblical studies to the exegesis of these texts. In second semester, students extend what they have learned for exegesis by developing text critical facility, and reading and interpreting more demanding Biblical Hebrew texts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
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, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 30 %
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Midyear practical exam: 30%«br /»
Exegetical essay (1st semester): 10%«br /»
Textcritical essay (2nd semester): 10%
Feedback regular verbal feedback in class sessions
written feedback on class test (returned/discussed in the first class of Semester 2)
written feedback on essays (returned timeously following submission of essays)
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. parse accurately regular and irregular forms of the verb in all conjugations¿
  2. make use of a broader base of frequently used vocabulary¿
  3. offer fluent oral readings of the set passages of Hebrew texts¿
  4. demonstrate knowledge of textcritical, historical and literary issues related to the set texts.
Reading List
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, 5th ed (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1997). ISBN 3438052229.

Recommended resources:

Bill T. Arnold and Choi, John H. A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax (Cambridge, 2003)
W. R. Scott, A Simplified Guide to BHS. Critical Apparatus, Masora, Accents, Unusual Letters & Other Markings 3rd ed. (N. Richland Hills, TX: Bibal, 1995).
E. Würthwein, The Text of the OT: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica (3rd edition¿ Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsbiblical studies,tanak,ancient languages
Course organiserDr Suzanna Millar
Tel: (0131 6)50 8904
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
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