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 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)
|| 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 2022/23, 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)
||40% In-class assessment (written and/or oral format)
60% - Final Exam
||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:
- Explain complex features of biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax
- Accurately parse regular and irregular and irregular forms of the verb in all conjugations
- Understand a wide range of biblical Hebrew texts vocabulary
- Translate varied biblical Hebrew vocabulary
- Use biblical Hebrew to exegete texts from the Hebrew Bible, considered in their textual, historical, and literary dimensions
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
- Ability to read texts in a different language
|Course organiser||Dr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
|Course secretary||Mr Rory Meehan