Introduction to Biblical Languages
This subject introduces students to rudimentary features of Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. It acquaints students with the alphabets of both Hebrew and Greek, familiarises them with basic grammatical features of both languages and facilitates the learning of elementary vocabulary. The subject orients students to the range of grammatical and lexical tools available to support the use of scholarly resources based on Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. It also raises student awareness of interpretive implications arising from cultural dimensions of biblical texts preserved in ancient languages.
Semester 2 every year
This subject can be used as the compulsory language subject for Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
On site at St Francis College Milton; or Externally – log in to listen and participate or view the lecture via video later.
Accordance Bible Software
CSU has an arrangement with Accordance in which students can buy the program at half-price.
Each language section (Greek and Hebrew) has two assessments: a test and a text report.
This subject will cover the following topics
Hebrew script and writing
Hebrew pointing (vowels)
Parts of speech
Basics of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary
Grammatical and lexical tools for Biblical Hebrew
Basics of Greek grammar and vocabulary
Grammatical and lexical tools for New Testament Greek
Information technology and biblical language studies
Interpretive implications of the preservation of the Bible in ancient languages
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to recognise and reproduce the Hebrew and Greek alphabets;
be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek grammar;
be able to demonstrate recognition of elementary vocabulary in Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek;
be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of relevant grammatical and lexical tools;
be able to translate simple phrases from Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek into English;
be able to demonstrate awareness of interpretive implications arising from cultural dimensions of biblical texts as ancient documents; and
be able to demonstrate self-guided learning.