RELT70140 : Beginner's Hebrew
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NOTE: the course is designed to meet the needs of those who have no prior knowledge of the Hebrew language.
Demonstrate an awareness of the value of interpreting primary sources in their original language
Translate and comment on easy texts in Biblical Hebrew
Demonstrate a broad interest in language, history and culture
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|Course unit overview||
This course is designed to train you in reading Biblical Hebrew fluently and to familiarise you with the ins and outs of Biblical Hebrew grammar. During our weekly classes you will be taught aspects of that grammar systematically. In class and through self-study, you will have the opportunity (1) to practise your knowledge through grammatical and translation exercises and (2) to apply it through reading, translating and grammatically analysing simple texts written in Biblical Hebrew style as well as some easy (and to some extent simplified) portions from the Hebrew Bible. The basic book for the course is Lily Kahn’s The Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew (London, 2014). By the end of the course you will be ready for an advanced course in Biblical Hebrew in which you will be trained to read the Hebrew Bible independently, applying and deepening your knowledge of its syntax and grammar.
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Seminars - 44 hours
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There will be 22 weeks of 2 hour intensive language classes (i.e. 44 hours in total over the full academic year). You will be expected to attend all classes and to participate fully by being prepared to translate simple texts in Biblical Hebrew and to explain grammatical forms and syntactical constructions. It is recommended you set a weekly time apart to meet up with your peers to go through the materials together and assist one another’s learning. In case of problems, your course convenor will be available for consultation during office hours.