This unit will further the study of biblical Hebrew by addressing more advanced aspects of morphology and syntax. A longer consecutive text from the Hebrew Bible will be read and discussed in class.

Unit code: AL1002Y

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 command of the morphology and syntax of the Hebrew texts studied


recall a core Hebrew vocabulary


accurately translate the Hebrew texts studied, as well as unknown texts of equal or lesser difficulty


discuss basic exegetical questions in relation to the texts studied


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

Unit sequence

Pre-requisites: AL1001Y Hebrew A or equivalent Co-requisites: nil


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

Indicative Bibliography

* = set texts recommended for purchase
  • Bolozky, Shmuel. 501 Hebrew verbs fully conjugated in all the tenses in a new easy-to-follow format alphabetically arranged by root. 1996. 2nd ed. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series, 2008.
  • Brown, Francis and 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 [ebook available via Library Hub].
  • Holladay, William L. A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: Brill, 1988.
  • Joüon, Paul. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. 2nd ed. Translated and revised by Takamitsu Muraoka. Rome: Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 2006.
  • Putnam, Frederic Clarke. A New Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2010. 8
  • Sáenz-Badillos, Angel. A History of the Hebrew Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 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
Skill Demonstration 1000 30.0
Written Examination

One 1 1/2 hour written examination

0 35.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000