Course Summary

The language of the Old Testament, with illustrations of its usefulness to a study of the Old Testament

An introduction to the Hebrew language, its grammar and vocabulary, and issues of translation and exegesis related to working with original biblical texts of the Old Testament. The course is organized in 3 modules: (1) First Encounter, (2) Grammar, and (3) The Hebrew Scriptures and Modernity. 3 graduate semester credits.  Credit not allowed with undergraduate BRS 9/Heb 100, 200. 


 Explain the grammar and structure of biblical Hebrew

Discuss critical tools for working with a Hebrew text 

Demonstrate the relationship of linguistic study to exegesis  

Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on 3 multiple-choice examinations and two research papers. A sample exam problem is given below.

The earliest of Old Testament manuscripts dates from (A) the 2nd century B.C.E, (B) the 4th century, (C) the 5th century, (D) the 15th century.

Resources.  Textbook-type resources are available in the Electronic Collection.