Advanced Hebrew (THE3092)

StaffProfessor Siam Bhayro - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level3
Pre-requisitesTHE1072 and THE2053 or THE2035 (or equivalent)
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This option module will examine around 12 chapters of non-narrative classical Hebrew (including unpointed texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls), with reference to matters of philology, poetic structure, textual criticism and historical background.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. discuss in a sophisticated, critical and detailed manner the philological challenges posed by classical Hebrew texts
  • 2. discuss in a critical, detailed and nuanced manner the relationships between the various ancient textual witnesses
  • 3. demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the history of textual criticism and translation theory
  • 4. demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of classical Hebrew morphology
  • 5. employ and reflect critically upon scholarly theories concerning the composition and transmission of the Hebrew Bible

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. read critically and analyse classical Hebrew texts on a philological level
  • 7. critically assess the historical value, literary dynamics and ideological functions of classical Hebrew texts
  • 8. evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them
  • 9. evaluate current research in the discipline

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 10. deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and communicate conclusions clearly
  • 11. act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • 12. engage respectively with views and beliefs which may be contrary to one’s own

Syllabus plan

Chapters covered in this module to be drawn from:

• Isaiah
• Jeremiah
• Habakkuk
• Qumran pesher on Habakkuk
• Hosea
• Job
• Ben Sira

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 Activities 150including 11 x 2 hours of class-time and 128 hours of private study. This module will include 11 two-hour lectures (ILOs 1-5). Guidance will be provided concerning directed reading and private study and students will be required to prepare readings in advance of each class.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Preparatory reading for each class6, 11classroom feedback

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
Exam1002 hours1-9

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
A.E. Cowley (transl.), Gesenius-Kautzsch Hebrew Grammar (several editions)
M.P. Horgan, Pesharim: Qumran Interpretations of Biblical Books (1979)
M.E.J. Richardson (ed. & transl.), The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (several editions, e.g. 2 vol. study edition, 2001)

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