This unit is designed to enable students with a background in biblical Hebrew to advance their Hebrew skills through the guided reading of selected Hebrew texts. Passages are chosen from both prose and poetic texts. Attention is given to a detailed morphological and syntactical explanation of the texts as well as text critical problems, including both modern textual criticism and the Masorah. Building on previous study, students will revise and deepen their knowledge of the phonetics, morphology, and syntax of Biblical Hebrew. They will approach texts in a more critical manner, looking for “true variants,” their implication for the text tradition, and their applicability to the exegesis of biblical passages. They will also consolidate their linguistic skills through exercises in intermediate Hebrew prose composition.

Unit Code: BA9503C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Give an English equivalent of selected prose and poetic passages from the Hebrew Bible with and without the aid of lexicons


Analyse and categorise accurately frequently used Hebrew word forms, both verbal and nominal.


Exhibit mastery of the vocabulary associated with texts studied in class.


Demonstrate a working knowledge of the methodology of text criticism of the Hebrew text by comparing textual variants and estimating their probability.


Apply their knowledge of Hebrew and textual variants to the exegesis of passages in the Hebrew Bible.


Demonstrate an advanced capacity to research particular problematic areas in the morphological or syntactical areas of the study of Hebrew, such as the question of Hebrew tenses and moods

Unit sequence

AL9101C and AL9102C or equivalent


Classes consist of reading and analysing texts, discussing philological problems, revising vocabulary and grammar, as well as interactive lectures, discussions, and seminars.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Written Examination

15-minute written examination (equivalent to 250 words)

0 5.0
Written Examination

1 hour written examination


2,500-word investigation

2500 30.0
Oral Presentation

15-minute oral presentation

0 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-11 11:28:19 +1000