Biblical Hebrew A

Unit Overview
Begin to read the Old Testament in its original language, deepening your insight into both Old and New Testament scripture. Students will be equipped to engage with the original Hebrew text effectively in their personal study and application of the Hebrew Bible. Completing both units will give you the tools to undertake further study in Hebrew exegesis units and to be able to use Hebrew in preparation for preaching or Bible teaching.

This unit complements traditional grammar study with a communicative approach to language learning, which immerses you in biblical Hebrew language through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Weekly coursework will invite you to actively engage the language through a variety of learning tools, and also provide space for self-reflection on your learning.  You will be guided by an expert teacher, and explore how you can integrate your new knowledge with Logos language tools as you study and apply the Bible in your own context.

Unit Details

Online On-campus 
Workload  12 credit points 12 credit points
Status  Elective Elective
Subject Code LA003 LA003
Prerequisites  LA003-612 and LA004-612 must be taken before proceeding to Hebrew exegesis units LA003-612 and LA004-612 must be taken before proceeding to Hebrew exegesis units
When Semester One Hebrew intensive not running summer 2020. On-campus students encouraged to enrol in online unit and join in weekly campus tutorials on Tuesday afternoons
Teacher  Sarah Baker Jill Firth
Unit Content 

The primary grammar textbook for this unit is Jo Ann Hackett, A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2010).

In Hebrew A you will acquire a basic familiarity with Biblical Hebrew grammar and have a grasp of the most common vocabulary, nominal forms, primary verb patterns, and syntax. Our grammar study will be focused on chapters 1–18 of Hackett’s textbook, closing with a general overview of the rest of the verbal system. You will also be taught to integrate your Hebrew knowledge with the tools available on Logos.

On-campus Intensive
Advance Preparation
1. Before the Intensive, complete 6-10 hours of listening with audiovisual mp4 Living Biblical Hebrew Introduction Part One, Lessons 1-3. Free first lesson at https://www.biblicallanguagecenter.com/hebrew-first-lesson/
2. Memorise the letters of the alphabet. Alphabet song available here:

3. Learn to write the alphabet. You will receive a handout when you register, or see Allen P. Ross, Introducing Biblical Hebrew, 28-30.

During the Intensive
1. Acquire an overview of Hebrew grammar, and complete Ross, Introducing Biblical Hebrew, 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. Be introduced to library and electronic tools for continuing your use of Hebrew.
4. Build on your preparation by listening to and reading Living Biblical Hebrew Introduction Part One (Lessons 1-5) and in communal storytelling.
5. Devote yourself fully in the three weeks of the Intensive. You will have 3 hours’ homework each day so you should set aside the afternoons/evenings for Hebrew listening, reading, writing, memorising, and relaxation.

Register to receive further information on handwriting, textbooks and a discount coupon for Living Biblical Hebrew, and to have time to complete your advance preparation.


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