Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (THE2035)

StaffProfessor Siam Bhayro - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.50
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This option module will enable you to

  • apply and to develop their knowledge of Biblical Hebrew through work on set texts and on further grammar
  • engage in the translation and exegesis of the set texts
  • consider the issues involved in translation

This level 2 module is available to students in Stage 2 and Stage 3, provided they have fulfilled the prerequisites

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate knowledge of a biblical language by producing accurate, fluid translations of passages from the set texts and from unseen passages, with the aid of a glossary or dictionary
  • 2. identify and comment on grammatical forms found in the texts
  • 3. demonstrate understanding of the issues and decisions involved in producing translations of Hebrew Bible texts
  • 4. compare different modern translations of the texts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. demonstrate linguistic, translational and interpretative skills related to an ancient language
  • 6. awareness of the issues and decisions involved in producing translations of religiously significant texts
  • 7. the ability to make careful use of core methods of study, including linguistic analysis

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. undertake guided work within broad guidelines
  • 9. communicate clearly in a written form
  • 10. participate appropriately in a learning group
  • 11. demonstrate understanding of the nature of language and the problems of translation

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • further grammar and language work, continuing work begun in THE1072
  • aspects of L. Kahn, Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew
  • Translation of the set texts
  • translation of unseen passages
  • lexical analysis, comparison of various modern biblical translations of selected passages from the set text

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities333 x 1 hour classes per week
Guided independent study117Private study

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mid semester test301 hour in class1-7, 9Written, opportunity to see exam script
Exam702 hour exam1-7, 9Written, opportunity to see exam script

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExamExam1-7, 9Refer/Defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Selected chapters from Genesis will be studied. The primary text to be used throughout this module is Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (eds. K. Elliger and W. Rudolph; Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1966, 1977). Whilst it is recommended that students have their own copy, they will be provided with photocopies of the set text and other selected biblical passages throughout the module.

The textbook students are required to purchase, are:

  • L. Kahn, Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew

Other resources:

  • W.L. Holladay (ed.), A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (Leiden: Brill, 2000).
  • V. Hoffer, Biblical Hebrew: Supplement for Enhanced Comprehension (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005).

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE –

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