Subject Code THL100
Subject Name Introduction to Biblical Languages
Duration One semester
Availability Semester 2 every year
Subject Units 8
Core/Elective This subject can be used as the compulsory language subject for BTh.
Delivery Mode Face to face at St Francis College – the Brisbane Campus for CSU School of Theology and Canberra Internal.
Student Workload This subject is an 8 point subject. The CSU Subject Policy states that a standard 8 point subject should require you to spend up to 160 hours engaged in the learning and teaching activities, about 13-14 hours a week over the 14 weeks of a semester.
Incompatible Subjects None
Rationale 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.
Prescribed Texts Accordance Bible Software
CSU has an arrangement with Accordance in which students can buy the program at half-price.
This subject will cover the following topics:
• Hebrew script and writing
• Hebrew alphabet
• Hebrew pointing (vowels)
• Parts of speech
• Basics of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary
• Grammatical and lexical tools for Biblical Hebrew
• Greek alphabet
• 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.
The semester is divided into 6 weeks of Greek and then 6 weeks of Hebrew. Each language section has two assessments: a test and a text report. The assessment tasks are carefully prepared for the introductory level of the course.