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 will be consolidated by a review of the grammar covered in that course. Students will develop their skills further by exploring various set texts from the Hebrew Bible (e.g. the books of Jonah and/or Ruth). They will learn to use their language skills for exegesis and interpretation, and will consider how the language impinges on literary, theological, and historical issues.
Student Learning Experience Information:
Students will participate in 2 hours of class per week, for which they will be required to prepare a portion of the set text. In class, they will work through this portion together, exploring linguistic and exegetical issues as they emerge. Additionally, they may be required to complete grammatical exercises, both independently and in class.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, 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)
||¿ 20% - Oral assessment (semester 1)
¿ 20% - Take home test (semester 1)
¿ 10% - Text critical essay (semester 2)
¿ 50% - Degree exam (semester 2)
||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