An introduction to biblical Hebrew, designed to provide a linguistic awareness of the language and the ability to use lexical aids. Students will develop a working knowledge of the language, covering essential grammar and vocabulary, in conjunction with the translation of simple Hebrew Bible texts.

Unit code: AL8011W

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Explain the basic elements of the grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew


Use lexical aids and language resources in translating Hebrew texts


Translate simple texts from the Hebrew Bible


Translate words and simple sentences from English to biblical Hebrew


Classroom based lectures, tutorials, exercises

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase


  • Kelley, Page H. *Biblical Hebrew: an Introductory Grammar. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.*

  • Kelley, P. H., Terry L. Burden and Timothy G. Crawford. *A Handbook to Biblical Hebrew: an Introductory Grammar. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.*


  • Brown, Frances, S. R. Driver and Charles A. Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1904

  • Clines, David J. A. (ed.). The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. (2 vols) Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993.

  • Holloday, William L. A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: E J Brill, 1971.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Weekly Tests (equivalent to 3500 words)

3500 50.0
Written Examination 3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 13 Dec, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2023-02-13 17:11:27 +1100