Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

REL574
Spring 2017
TTH 9:00am - 10:20am
Area: 
Area I
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

The course focuses on the reading of biblical texts, but also offers a review of the elementary grammar of Biblical Hebrew and the introduction of more complicated grammatical concerns. More specifically, the first semester of the course focuses on prose texts and reviews the morphology of verbs and nouns as well as basic components of Hebrew syntax, while the second semester introduces the student to Biblical Hebrew poetry while continuing the study and review of Hebrew morphology and syntax. In addition, the form and function of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) will be introduced. Students will learn vocabulary from a textbook and will consult an intermediate grammar for the study of syntax.

During the course of the year, students will become more familiar with reading basic biblical texts (both prose and poetry) from the standard scholarly edition of the Hebrew Bible and will become more comfortable with the grammatical and syntactic elements of the language, as well as its vocabulary.

Background Expected: 

One year of Elementary Biblical Hebrew or equivalent.

Course Requirements: 

Daily preparation of portions of the Hebrew Bible for reading aloud in class and translating aloud; taking quizzes and tests; reading portions of two textbooks, one on vocabulary, the other on syntax.

Basis of Evaluation: 

The grading will be determined in the following manner: attendance, participation in daily class reading and translation (approx. 15%), weekly quizzes (approx. > 20%), a midterm (25%), and final exam (approx. 40%). The grading of the tests and for the semester as a whole is based on a percentage, according to the following model:

100-95 = H

94-90 = H-

89-87 = HP+

86-83 = HP

82-80 = HP-

79-70 = P

69-0 = F