Postgraduate Course: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (PG) (BIST11024)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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.
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)
||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,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Mid year online practical exam = 30%
Exegetical essay (1st semester) = 10%
Text critical essay (2nd semester) = 10%
Final take-home exam (administered online) = 50%
||Regular verbal feedback in class sessions
Written feedback on class test (returned/discussed in the first class of Semester 2)
Eritten feedback on essays (returned timeously following submission of essays)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- parse accurately regular and irregular forms of the verb in all conjugations¿
- make use of a broader base of frequently used vocabulary¿
- offer fluent oral readings of the set passages of Hebrew texts¿
- demonstrate knowledge of textcritical, historical and literary issues related to the set texts.
|Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, 5th ed (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1997). ISBN 3438052229.|
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)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||biblical studies,tanak,ancient languages
|Course organiser||Dr Suzanna Millar
Tel: (0131 6)50 8904
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227