Biblical Hebrew 1

THL102 / THL 416

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.


One Semester


Semester 1 every year

Subject Points



This subject can be your core language subject or an elective if you already have a language subject completed.

Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton; or Externally – log in to listen and participate or view the lecture via video later.



John A. Cook & Robert D. Holmstedt, Beginning Biblical Hebrew: a grammar and illustrated reader, Baker Academic, 2013. ISBN 9780801048869

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Prescribed Texts

4 Quizzes

1 Translation Exercise

Weekly Journal Activities



This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Biblical Hebrew script and phonology

  • The history of Biblical Hebrew and its cultural significance

  • Vocabulary for basic Biblical Hebrew

  • Nouns, adjectives and simple numbers

  • Pronouns and pronominal suffixes

  • Verbs and Verbal paradigms

  • Introduction to prepositions, particles and conjunctions

  • Simple verbal and non-verbal clauses

  • Simple accents

  • Introduction to print and digital resources for studying Biblical Hebrew

  • Basic reading, pronunciation and translation exercises

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to read, write and pronounce simple Biblical Hebrew phrases;

  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the historical context and cultural significance of Biblical Hebrew;

  • be able to demonstrate the acquisition of a basic vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew and an understanding of basic Biblical Hebrew grammar;

  • be able to translate selected texts from the Hebrew Bible and discuss relevant issues relating to vocabulary, grammar and syntax;

  • be able to demonstrate competence in the use of print and digital resources for the study of Biblical Hebrew; and

  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning.