This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the basics of biblical Hebrew so as to provide a clear basis for further study of the language and the texts written in it. Through a variety of approaches, students are familiarized with the basic building blocks of the language.
This course builds on the introductory offering by deepening students’ knowledge of the language and developing their ability to identify weak verbs and rare and difficult constructions in biblical Hebrew. Toward the end of the course, students are introduced to the reading of selected portions of the Hebrew Bible.
This course is designed to introduce students of biblical Hebrew to both the challenges and the rewards of reading the Biblia Hebraica, offering students an opportunity to review introductory grammatical concepts and deepen their understanding of the morphological and syntactical issues which arise in our reading of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. As we work inductively through prose texts, students emerge with a deeper understanding of text and language and a sense of the importance and relevance of biblical Hebrew for contemporary reading of Old Testament texts.
Note: Students with credit for HEB 315 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I may not take this course for credit.
Prerequisite(s): HEB 201 Introductory Hebrew II
HEB 400 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II (3)
This course is designed to provide intermediate students of biblical Hebrew with a fuller understanding of the textual fabric and linguistic landscape of the Biblia Hebraica. The inductive reading of texts drawn from the Hebrew Bible’s prophetic, poetic, and wisdom traditions offer students the opportunity to expand and develop their range of exegetical skills by deepening their existing knowledge of biblical Hebrew syntax, structure, and style. This course is designed to foster a fuller understanding of the text, a greater appreciation of the breadth and diversity of biblical Hebrew, and a constructive idea of the relationship between exegesis and exposition.
Note: Students with credit for HEB 453 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II may not take this course for credit.
Prerequisite(s): HEB 300 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I