Undergraduate Course: Introducing Biblical Hebrew (BIST08013)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||An introduction to Biblical Hebrew for beginners.
This course provides a structured introduction to the language of biblical (i.e. classical) Hebrew. The aim is to enable to students to read simple prose texts from the Hebrew Bible. Grammatical concepts are covered in a systematic way throughout the course. From a very early stage students read sample sentences drawn directly from the Hebrew Bible itself, carefully chosen to correspond with the relevant lessons. Acquisition of a core stock of vocabulary is developed along with the grammar and text reading. Learning is reinforced through simple English-into-Hebrew exercises. The course concludes with a reading of a selected passage.
The course assumes no background in the language, and begins with mastering the alphabet and writing system. Systematic coverage of nouns and the 'strong' verb follow. By the time of the course's mid point, basic grammatical concepts have been introduced. These are extended and developed through the verbal system, and the variations encountered in the so-called 'weak verbs'. Vocabulary acquisition features consistently throughout the course. This introduction to the language of the Hebrew Bible concludes by reading one self-contained prose text, such as the account of creation in Genesis 1, or the Akedah (Genesis 22).
Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has three classes each week in which the grammatical concepts are introduced, explained, and put to use. There is a further weekly tutorial which does not introduce new material, but consolidates the previous week's learning. The tutorial sessions often include a brief quiz to test understanding of recently covered grammar points, and the quality of vocabulary acquisition. Students will be able to participate in classes in person or online, and there will be additional online materials and activities which can be completed in the students' own time.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 44,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||30% in-class tests (10/15 minutes each); 70% Take Home Exam (2 hours +1 hour format)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and explain the basic elements of biblical Hebrew grammar.
- Read (aloud) and translate biblical Hebrew prose (including 'sight' reading).
- Translate simple English sentences into biblical Hebrew.
- Account for differing English translations of a given source text from the Hebrew Bible.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Suzanna Millar
Tel: (0131 6)50 8904
|Course secretary||Mr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913