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.
Semester 1 every year
This subject can be your core language subject or an elective if you already have a language subject completed.
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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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
Introduction to print and digital resources for studying Biblical Hebrew
Basic reading, pronunciation and translation exercises
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.