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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Hebrew Texts A (BIST11011)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to consolidate reading of classical Hebrew and to enrich experience of textual history and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible.
Course description Academic Description:
The course offers a close study of extended selections from the Hebrew Bible: introduction, translation, and exegetical commentary. It is a companion course to Advanced Hebrew Texts B and may be taken either in isolation or along with that course for students, who want to build a focus in Hebrew Bible.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course has two aims; First of all, it focuses on enhancing primary-text language skills for Postgraduate students and on introducing them to historical-critical exegesis, while, secondly, it gives an introduction to key texts from different parts of the Hebrew Bible.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The first session gives an introduction into the chosen parts of the Hebrew Bible. The further sessions will concentrate on translation and analysis of texts as well the discussion of motifs and themes. Interactive elements will enhance the student experience, while the different forms of assessment will help them to demonstrate the learning outcomes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Biblical Hebrew Texts A (BIST10001) OR Biblical Hebrew Texts A (DIVI10050)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  13
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% - Seminar Presentation

80% - Exegetical Essay (3000 words)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read and translate fluently Hebrew texts.
  2. Have a good understanding of the methods of historical-critical exegesis.
  3. Discuss as appropriate the history and interpretation of key biblical texts and themes in the Hebrew Bible.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to identify key terms and their meanings.
  5. Demonstrate good judgement about how to judge the relative importance of items on course bibliography.
Reading List
Cook, John/Holmstedt Robert, Biblical Hebrew: A Student Grammar, Baker Academic, 2013.

Jouon, Paul/Muraoka, Takamitsu, A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, Rome: Ponteficio Instituto Biblico, 2006.

Garrett, Douane A./DeRouchie, J.S., A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, Nashville: B&H Academic, 2019.

Seow, Choon-Leong, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, Nashville: Abingdon, 1995.
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Course organiserDr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
Course secretaryMr Patrick McMurray
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