Unit content includes: learning the particularities of Hebrew grammar and syntax and biblical vocabulary with a view to being able to read Hebrew and translate into English; developing the skills to employ standard resources (lexicon, Hebrew grammar) in the translation of texts from the Hebrew Bible.

Unit code: AL9002L

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Have a sound working knowledge of the basic vocabulary and grammatical forms of biblical Hebrew


Translate from any part of the Hebrew Bible


Use a Hebrew lexicon and grammar to assist in translation


Examine elements of the Hebrew language, researching issues of philology and idiomatic and contextual usage and evaluating the significance for Christian faith and life


Demonstrate the enhanced theological understanding of the Old Testament that comes from a working knowledge of Hebrew

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 9 unit in postgraduate theology and ministry courses

Prerequisites: AL9001L Hebrew 1 or equivalent


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies (e.g. interactive lectures to introduce new material, group work on drills and translations, and regular quiz exercises and feedback), which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities that foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartelt, Andrew H., and Andrew E. Steinmann. Fundamental Biblical Hebrew/Fundamental Biblical Aramaic. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2004.
  • ———. Workbook and supplementary exercises for Fundamental Biblical Hebrew and Fundamental Biblical Aramaic. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2003.
  • Brown, Francis, Samuel Rolles Driver, and Charles Augustus Briggs. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon: with an Appendix Containing the Biblical Aramaic. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996.
  • Elliger, K., and W. Rudolph, eds. Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 5th rev. ed. Stuttgart, Germany: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1997.
  • Holladay, William L. A concise Hebrew and Aramaic lexicon of the Old Testament. 14th corrected impression. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.
  • Koehler, Ludwig, and Walter Baumgartner. The Hebrew and Aramaic lexicon of the Old Testament. Translated by M. E. J. Richardson. Leiden: Brill, 1994-2000.
  • Kohlenberger, John R. The Hebrew English concordance to the Old Testament: with the new international version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998.
  • Wigram, George V. The Englishman's Hebrew Concordance of the Old Testament: coded with Strong's Concordance Numbers. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1995.
  • Williams, Ronald J. Williams’ Hebrew Syntax, 3rd edition: revised and expanded by John C. Beckman. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

A series of individual chapter and cumulative tests

3100 60.0
Learning Resource

Homework exercises

900 15.0

Research project on a Hebrew phrase

3000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-05 10:44:14 +1100