Foundational Unit (Min. No.8)
1st semester Wednesday evening
This unit will introduce the students to biblical Hebrew by the study of a brief history of the language, of Hebrew texts selected to serve the students’ interests, and of the elements of biblical text criticism.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- translate accurately the Hebrew texts studied
- demonstrate command of the morphology and syntax of the texts studied
- demonstrate basic command of text-critical procedures.
Weekly tests (40%); one three-hour exam at the end of semester (60%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY * = set texts recommended for purchase
Brown, Francis, Samuel R. Driver, and Charles A. Briggs. Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Oxford: Clarendon, 1906; reprint, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999.
Clines, David C. A Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009.
Elliger, Karl, and Wilhelm Rudolph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 3rd ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1987.
*Feyerabend, Karl. Langenscheidt’s Pocket Hebrew-English Dictionary. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1963.
Hostetter, Edwin C. An Elementary Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Biblical Languages: Hebrew 1. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000.
Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew. An Introductory Grammar. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1992.
*Nicholsen, Sarah. Complete Biblical Hebrew: A Teach Yourself Guide. TY Language Guides. London: Hodder Education, a division of Hachette UK, 2011.
Sáenz-Badillos, Angel. A History of the Hebrew Language. Cambridge: CUP, 1993.
Wonneberger, Reinhard. Understanding BHS. A Manual for the Users of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Subsidia Biblica 8. Rome: Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1984.
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