Biblical Hebrew A&B

LA003A and LA003B

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A+B (for both undergraduate and graduate students)
LA003A: 4 credit points. LA003B: 4 credit points.
LA003A must be completed before LA003B.
LA003A and LA003B must be taken before proceeding to Hebrew exegesis units.
LA003A Intensive, 9.30am-1pm 4 Feb-22 Feb 2019 + 9am-12.05pm, Mon 25 Feb and 4 March 2019.
LA003B Semesters 1 and 2, 2019, Mondays 9am-12.05pm.
Jill Firth

Begin to read the Old Testament in its original language, deepening your insight into both Old and New Testament scripture. In this intensive class you will imaginatively enter the ancient world of the text by eating grapes and flat bread, singing Hebrew psalms and enacting Biblical stories. Grammar lessons and using Hebrew reference books and on-line tools will complement collaborative learning. Advance preparation includes learning the alphabet and listening to Living Biblical Hebrew mp4 files.


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 before 14 January 2019 to receive further information on handwriting, textbooks and a discount coupon for Living Biblical Hebrew, and to have time to complete your advance preparation. Registration can be completed via our online form.


Continue to develop your Hebrew language skills through interactive lectures, textbook study and collaborative reading of the Book of Jonah. This unit will equip you to undertake further Hebrew exegesis units. Look forward to doing detailed study in Genesis or Psalms. Imagine yourself reading Isaiah in the original language. You will be able to use Hebrew in preparation for preaching or Bible teaching.

• Meet for 3 hour class each week in semesters 1 & 2.
• Study Ross, Introducing Biblical Hebrew, chapters 15-40.
• Gain basic skills in translation and exegesis through collaborative reading of Jonah.
• Continue to use Living Biblical Hebrew Part One aural resources and interactive learning style.
• Allow at least two hours per week for homework exercises, listening and memorizing.
• Optional additional Hebrew reading practice.
• Assessment through weekly quizzes, three tests and a final exam in November.


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