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. 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. Along with textbook study, you will imaginatively enter the ancient world of the text by eating grapes and flat bread, singing Hebrew psalms, and enacting Biblical stories. 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 units and to be able to use Hebrew in preparation for preaching or Bible teaching.

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Unit Details

Mode Online On-campus 
Workload  12 credit points 12 credit points
Status  Elective Elective
Unit 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

Unit Content 

  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. 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 Part One (Picture 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.

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