Undergraduate Course: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (BIST08017)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Consolidation of structured grammar learning; plus a study of the following Biblical Hebrew texts: 1 Samuel 1; Jonah; Deuteronomy 5-6; Amos 3-5.
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.
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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Introducing Biblical Hebrew (BIST08013)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
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)
||20% - Oral assessment online (semester 1);
20% - Take home test (semester 1);
60% - Exam (semester 2, format to be decided according to university guidelines on semester 2 examination period).
In order to pass this course, students must obtain a minimum of 40% in each of the above assessed components.
||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:
- Be able to parse accurately regular and irregular forms of the verb in all conjugations.
- Have increased their basic core of frequently used vocabulary.
- Have attained fluency in the oral reading of the set passages of Hebrew texts.
- Have a good knowledge of text-critical, historical and literary issues related to the passages enumerated in the course description.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Suzanna Millar
Tel: (0131 6)50 8904
|Course secretary||Mr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913