Biblical Hebrew A

Begin to read the Old Testament in its original language, deepening your insight into both Old and New Testament scripture. This subject complements traditional grammar study with a communicative approach to language learning, which immerses you in biblical Hebrew language through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Campus students enrolled in the three-week intensive will imaginatively enter the ancient world of the text by eating grapes and flat bread, singing Hebrew psalms, and enacting Biblical stories, along with textbook study. Advance preparation includes learning the alphabet and listening to the Living Biblical Hebrew audio files online. Completing both Hebrew A and Hebrew B will give you the tools to undertake further study in Hebrew exegesis subjects and to be able to use Hebrew in preparation for preaching or Bible teaching.

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Subject Details

Mode Online On-campus 
Workload  12 credit points 12 credit points
Status  Elective Elective
Subject Code LA003 LA003
Prerequisites  LA003 and LA004 must be taken before proceeding to Hebrew exegesis units LA003 and LA004 must be taken before proceeding to Hebrew exegesis units
Teacher  Sarah Baker Jill Firth

Content – on-campus intensive

  1. Acquire an overview of Hebrew grammar, and complete Ross, Introducing Biblical Hebrew (Baker Academic, 2001), chapters 1–14, 25.
  2. Collaboratively read and translate Genesis 1.1–5 and become familiar with segments of Psalms, the Shema, Biblical greetings, and blessings.
  3. Develop skills in using library resources and electronic tools for continuing your use of Hebrew.
  4. Build on your preparation by listening to and reading Living Biblical Hebrew Part One (Picture Lessons 1–5) and in communal storytelling.
  5. Devote yourself fully in the three weeks of the on-campus intensive. You will have 3 hours’ homework each day so you should set aside the afternoons/evenings for Hebrew listening, reading, writing, and memorisation.

Students enrolled in Hebrew A online will cover the same syllabus over the semester, but in an online learning environment.


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