RELT70140 : Beginner's Hebrew

Credit rating 30
Teaching period(s) Full year
Aims
  • To provide a basic coverage of the grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew
  • To teach you how to translate and comment on simple, mostly narrative passages of the Hebrew Bible
Objectives (Learning outcomes)

NOTE: the course is designed to meet the needs of those who have no prior knowledge of the Hebrew language.
By the end of the course you should normally:

be able to translate from Hebrew into English;
be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the basics of the Hebrew language

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary most commonly found in the Hebrew Bible
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of Biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax

Demonstrate an awareness of the value of interpreting primary sources in their original language

  • Read and write Biblical Hebrew
  • Identify and parse both regular and irregular word-forms

Translate and comment on easy texts in Biblical Hebrew

  • Manage time and resources
  • Understand the value of learning languages to access a different culture
  • Demonstrate an enhanced aptitude for independent work
  • Demonstrate an enhanced aptitude for self-motivation

Demonstrate a broad interest in language, history and culture

Assessment methods

ASSESSMENT METHODS

 

 

Assessment task

Formative or Summative

Length

Weighting within unit (if summative)

Weekly homework in the form of grammatical and translation exercises to be submitted to the course convenor

Formative

various

 

Two class tests

Summative

1 hour each

40%

Exam

Summative

2 hours

40%

Essay

Summative

2,000 words

20%

 

RE-SIT ASSESSMENT

 

Assessment task

Length

Exam

2 hours

 

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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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Timetable Seminars - 44 hours
Teaching and learning methods

 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.