Course Summary

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

The course includes an introduction to the Hebrew language, its basic 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 5 modules: (1) First Encounter, (2) Grammar, (3) Working with Biblical Hebrew Texts, (4) Resources for Working with Hebrew Texts, and (5) Translation, Exegesis, and Application. 5 undergraduate semester credits.


Describe the languages of the Old Testament (Module 1)

 Identify the grammar of biblical Hebrew (Module 2)

Analyze the structure of a Hebrew text (Module 3)

Discuss critical tools for working with a Hebrew text (Module 4)

Demonstrate the relationship of linguistic study to exegesis (Module 5) 

Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on 3 multiple choice examinations and two 3,000 word research papers. A sample multiple choice 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.


Pratico, Gary D. and Miles V. Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew. 2nd ed. Zondervan Publishing House, 2007. 512 pages. $31.22 ISBN: 978-0310270201

________. Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook. Zondervan Publishing House, 2007. 320 pages. $16.22 ISBN: 978-0310270201

Course originally developed by Muhammad Wolfgang G. A. Schmidt, Ph.D., M.A., M.R.S., Th.D., D.C.E. (hon.).