Biblical to Modern Hebrew for Reading Knowledge

REL3602
Spring 2018
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course addresses the linguistic needs of students who have reading knowledge of Biblical Hebrew but cannot read or converse in Modern Hebrew. The course is designed to bridge their knowledge and enhance their reading skills so that they will be able to read any given text in Modern Hebrew. Particularly, this course confronts reading comprehension problems through straightforward exposition of the grammar supported by examples from scholarly texts, in the fields of: Judaic studies, religious studies, history, political science, sociology, Near Eastern studies, and other related fields. The texts chosen will be tailored to students’ particular areas of interest. Prerequisite: Two years of Biblical or Modern Hebrew studies, or permission of the instructor. Course conducted in English.

Background Expected: 

Two years of Biblical or Modern Hebrew studies, or permission of the instructor.

Course Requirements: 

This is an advanced Modern Hebrew reading class; all readings in Hebrew, translations in English. Homework for every class, midterm exam, final paper, class presentation, two vocabulary / grammar quizzes.  Course conducted in English.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Attendance and active participation                15%

Homework and preparation                           15%

Class presentations                                     10%                

Quizzes                                                     15%