Foundational Unit (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester Wednesday evening
This unit will further the study of biblical Hebrew by the reading of both prose and poetic Hebrew texts, selected to serve the students’ interests, and by exercises in 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
- translate simpler Hebrew texts other than those read in class
- perform simple tasks of biblical text criticism.
Weekly tests (40%); one three-hour exam at the end of semester (60%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY * = set texts recommended for purchase
Lecture notes covering the required grammar will be provided.
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.
*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.
Holladay, William L. A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: Brill, 1988.
*Joüon, Paul, and Takamitsu Muraoka. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Subsidia Biblica 14/I,II. Rome: Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1991.
Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew. An Introductory Grammar. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1992.
Wonneberger, Reinhard. Understanding BHS. A Manual for the Users of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Subsidia Biblica 8. Rome: Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1984.
Lecturer: To be advised