Learning biblical Hebrew will have an immediate impact on your reading and understanding the Old Testament and the Bible in general. This unit introduces students to biblical Hebrew through the study of its basic grammar and syntax, the reading of selected Hebrew texts, and the acquisition of a basic Hebrew vocabulary.

Unit code: AL1001Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


demonstrate an understanding of Hebrew morphology by parsing nouns, verbs and other compound lexemes


explain basic aspects of Hebrew grammar to peers


recall a basic Hebrew vocabulary


translate accurately the Hebrew texts studied


use lexical and other aids for the study and translation of Hebrew texts.

Unit sequence

This unit is generally available in all undergraduate awards. Pre-requisites: nil Co-requisites: nil


A combination of brief lectures, interactive exercises and personal study. Audiovisual material will be used as appropriate.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bolozky, Shmuel. 501 Hebrew verbs fully conjugated in all the tenses in a new easy-to-follow format alphabetically arranged by root. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series, 1996; 2nd ed. 2008.
  • Brown, Francis, Samuel R. Driver, and Charles A. Briggs. Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Reprint. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999.
  • Elliger, Karl, and Wilhelm Rudolph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 3rd ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1987.
  • Futato, Mark D. Beginning Biblical Hebrew. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2003. ProQuest Ebook Central.
  • Holladay, William L. A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament: Based Upon the Lexical Work of Ludwig Koehler and Watler Baummartner. 15th corr. Impression ed. Leiden: Brill, 1988.
  • Putnam, Frederic Clarke. A New Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2010.
  • Sáenz-Badillos, Angel. A History of the Hebrew Language. Cambridge: CUP, 1993.
  • Van Pelt, Miles V., and Gary D. Pratico. The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, MI:Zondervan, 2003.
  • Walker-Jones, Arthur. Hebrew for Biblical Interpretation. Resources for Biblical Study 48 Atlanta, GA: Society for Biblical Literature, 2003.
  • Wonneberger, Reinhard. Understanding BHS. A Manual for the Users of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Subsidia Biblica 8. Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1984.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests 1500 35.0
Learning Resource 1000 30.0
Written Examination

One 1 1/2 hour written examination

1500 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 8 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000