General Objectives: To help students acquire basic skills in reading biblical Hebrew through vocabulary building and the study of grammar. To read a selection of texts from the Hebrew Bible, understanding the original Author’s words and to enjoy the skill of reading the Bible in the original language.
Course Outline: 1. Introduction to the most basic elements of Hebrew grammar with accent on nouns, the “qal stem” of verbs, and sentence structure. 2. Selected readings from the Hebrew Bible. 3. Use of the Hebrew Lexicon and the Bible Works computer program.
Textbook: Pratico, Gary, and Miles Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew. Grammar. 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007. Bibliography: BibleWorks 9: Software for Biblical Exegesis & Research. Norfolk: BibleWorks, 2011; Brown, Francis, Samuel Driver, and Charles Briggs. Hebrew and English Lexicon: With an Appendix Containing the Biblical Aramaic. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2005; West, Travis. Biblical Hebrew: An Interactive Approach. Wilmore: GlossaHouse, 2016.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to read and translate simple sentences from the Hebrew Bible; to use standard aids such as dictionaries, lexicons and Bible Works software in their future biblical and theological research.