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Undergraduate Course: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (Honours) (DIVI10075)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course strengthens students¿ biblical Hebrew language skills at an intermediate level. It offers a structured consolidation of grammar and vocabulary, and focusses on using the language to translate, analyse, and explore texts from the Hebrew Bible.
Course description Academic Description:
This course builds on the biblical Hebrew language skills acquired in ¿Introducing Biblical Hebrew¿ (or equivalent course), strengthening them at an intermediate level. It is intended to consolidate and develop students¿ grammar and vocabulary proficiency, and to put these skills to use. It achieves this through close analysis of texts from the Hebrew Bible. Students read, translate, and explore various set texts, considering their textual, historical, and literary dimensions.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The precise content of the course varies from year to year. It always includes a review of grammar and close reading of several set texts, of varied character and difficulty. These texts will primarily be prose narratives, such as the creation accounts (Gen 1-3); the book of Jonah; the book of Ruth; or the prose framework of Job (Job 1-2, 42). Poetry may also be introduced towards the end of the course, such as a selection of Psalms, or excerpts from the prophets. The set texts will be read, translated, and analysed in depth.

Student Learning Experience Information:
Students have two hours of class time per week. In advance of most classes, they will be expected to read, translate, and analyse a short portion of the set text. In class, students will discuss their translations and consolidate any grammatical issues that emerge. They will use their language skills for exegetical purposes, and explore together what new light the original language might shed on our interpretation of the text. In-class assessment provides students a useful way to track their progress.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introducing Biblical Hebrew (BIST08013) OR Introducing Biblical Hebrew (DIVI08005)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (BIST08017) OR Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (DIVI08007)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
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, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
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 Students receive frequent oral feedback in class from the teaching staff. They also receive written comments on submitted work, such as in-class assessments or homework assignments.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)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 forms of the verb in all conjugations.
  3. Understand a wide range of biblical Hebrew vocabulary.
  4. Translate varied biblical Hebrew into English, including 'unseen' texts.
  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 Suzanna Millar
Tel: (0131 6)50 8904
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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