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Undergraduate Course: Biblical Hebrew Texts A (DIVI10050)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn extended portion of Hebrew Bible: introduction, translation, and textual and exegetical commentary.
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 Biblical 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 Honours 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 Students MUST have passed: ( Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (BIST08017) OR Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (DIVI08007)) OR ( Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (Honours) (BIST10040) OR Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (Honours) (DIVI10075))
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Biblical Hebrew Texts A (BIST10001)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: Biblical Hebrew Texts A (BIST10001)
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  5
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, 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 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 10% - Seminar presentations and participation

30% - Essay (2000 words)

60% - Final Exam (in person exam)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have the skills to read and translate Hebrew texts.
  2. Have a basic 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.
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 Patrick McMurray
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