Postgraduate Course: Introducing Biblical Hebrew (PG) (BIST11026)
|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||An introduction to biblical Hebrew for postgraduate students.
This course provides a structured introduction to the language of classical Hebrew. At the successful completion of the course, students will be able to read simple prose texts from the Hebrew Bible. The course offers a structured introduction to grammatical concepts, word formation, and syntax, along with acquisition of a core stock of vocabulary. While the emphasis falls on Hebrew to English,learning is reinforced through English in to Hebrew exercises.
The course assumes no background in the language, and begins with mastering the alphabet and writing system. Introduction to grammar begins with nouns and the system of the 'strong' verb. The latter part of the course extends this through the additional main 'binyanim' (verbal themes) and the variations encountered in the so called 'weak verbs'. The course 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 class sessions each week in which the grammatical concepts are explained and put to use in exercises. A further weekly tutorial consolidates the previous week's learning. The tutorial session includes a brief quiz each week to test understanding of recently covered grammar points, and the quality of vocabulary acquisition. All four sessions provide ample opportunity for immediate feedback and practising the 'oral' aspects of the language.
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)
||In-class tests (10-15 minutes each) = 30%
Take-home exam (2 hours + 1 hour format) = 70%
||verbal feedback provided in weekly seminars
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and explain the basic elements of biblical Hebrew grammar.
- Read smoothly (aloud) and translate biblical Hebrew prose (including 'sight' reading).
- Translate simple English sentences into biblical Hebrew.
- Demonstrate an ability to identify key linguistic terms and their meanings.
|There will be a textbook assigned for the course which may vary depending on the instructor- typical examples include:|
John A. Cook & Robert D. Holmstedt, Biblical Hebrew: A Student Grammar (revised edition, 2011)
JoAnn Hackett, A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Hendrickson, 2010)
G.Pratico & M.V. van Pelt, Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar (Revised Edition, Zondervan, 2007)
C.L. Seow, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew (Revised Edition, Abingdon 1995)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Ability to learn a new language.
Work with linguistic analysis of a particular language.
Applying previous knowledge to learn a related but new topic.
|Keywords||biblical studies,tanak,ancient language,semitic languages
|Course organiser||Dr Suzanna Millar
Tel: (0131 6)50 8904
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227