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Undergraduate Course: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (BIST08017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryConsolidation of structured grammar learning; plus a study of the following Biblical Hebrew texts: 1 Samuel 1; Jonah; Deuteronomy 5-6; Amos 3-5.
Course description Academic Description:
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.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
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)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introducing Biblical Hebrew (BIST08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% In-class assessment (written and/or oral format)

60% - Final Exam
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain complex features of biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax
  2. Accurately parse regular and irregular and irregular forms of the verb in all conjugations
  3. Understand a wide range of biblical Hebrew texts vocabulary
  4. Translate varied biblical Hebrew vocabulary
  5. Use biblical Hebrew to exegete texts from the Hebrew Bible, considered in their textual, historical, and literary dimensions
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Self-discipline
- Self-direction
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
- Ability to read texts in a different language
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
Course secretaryMr Rory Meehan
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