Biblical Hebrew B

Unit Overview
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 a 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.

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 LA004 LA004
Prerequisites  LA003 LA003
When  Semester Two Semester One and Two
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 B you will acquire a more detailed knowledge of the Hebrew verbal system (completing chapters 19–30 of Hackett’s textbook), as well as become familiar with the different forms of the Hebrew language that appear in the biblical text. Together we will explore the various biblical genres, linguistic periods etc., preparing you to engage these different text types. You will also continue to explore Logos resources in conjunction with your growing capabilities in the Hebrew language.

  • Meet for a 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 the 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 memorising.
  • Optional additional Hebrew reading practice.
  • Assessment through weekly quizzes, three tests and a final exam in November.

You will finish Part B equipped and motivated to engage the written Biblical Hebrew text with the tools at your disposal and understand how your continued use and study of Hebrew can make new dimensions of the text available to you, that might not be visible in translation.


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