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Unit information: Introduction to Hebrew 2 in 2015/16

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Unit name Introduction to Hebrew 2
Unit code THRS10016
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Campbell
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

THRS10015

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

Building on Introduction to Hebrew 1, this unit provides additional knowledge of Biblical Hebrew to a more advanced level. To that end, the unit centres almost exclusively on one book (C.L.Seow, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, revised edition, 1995). This accurate and interesting volume provides relevant grammar and vocabulary, and it includes excerpts from the biblical text for translation. Although enrolment on this unit entails much hard work, therefore, it will also be extremely rewarding! The Hebrew Scriptures or Old Testament were originally written almost entirely in Hebrew. This unit brings students to a position where they can begin to read the Hebrew Scriptures in the original language and gain the obvious advantages that affords in terms of the nuances, interconnections, and poetry of the texts themselves.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this language unit student will have a sound knowledge and understanding of the vocabulary, syntax and grammar of Biblical Hebrew, and be able to translate straightforward passages from the Hebrew Scriptures into English.

Teaching details

1 x 2 hour seminar per week shared with level 5 and 6

Assessment Details

This unit will be assessed summatively by one class test lasting 2 hours (100%), testing understanding of the vocabulary, syntax and grammar of Biblical Hebrew, as well as the ability to translate straightforward passages from the Hebrew Scriptures into English.

Reading and References

J. Campbell, Deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002);

R.J. Coggins, Introducing the Old Testament (2nd edition; Oxford: OUP, 2000);

K. Doob Sakenfeld (ed), New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (2nd edition; volumes 1-5; Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-9);

C.L. Seow, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew,(revised edition; Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995)

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