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Biblical Hebrew

LA003A/LA003BD
This is the subject page for the Online Subject.
LA003A/B On Campus

WORKLOAD: LA003A: 4 credit points.
LA003B: 4 credit points.
STATUS: Elective
PREREQUISITES: LA003AD must be completed before LA003BD.
LA003A and LA003B must be taken before proceeding to Hebrew exegesis units.
WHEN: LA003A Semester 1, 2019. LA003B Semester 2, 2019.
WHO: Sarah Baker

These online units will equip you to engage with the original Hebrew text effectively in your 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.

The online units complement 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.

Part A is offered in semester 1 (February-June) and Part B is offered in semester 2 (July-November). Each part consists of 14 weeks of lessons which are made available progressively online. You will complete homework exercises and quizzes each week and an exam at the end of each part.

Course content

The primary grammar textbook for both units is Jo Ann Hackett, A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2010). This textbook will be supplemented by additional notes, instructional videos, and a variety of interactive online exercises that draw examples directly from the biblical text.

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.

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.

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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