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Biblical Hebrew

foundational unit for postgraduates

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

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the grammar of the Hebrew language.
  2. Use lexical aids and commentaries.
  3. Translate simple Old Testament texts.

Pre-requisites: None


  • Weekly translation and vocabulary exercises (Equivalent to 2,000 words total) (50%)
  • One two hour examination (50%)

Class Time: Three hours per week

Faculty: Val Billingham

Offered: Semester 1, 2015 on Mondays (1.30 – 4.30pm)

Selected Bibliography:

Brown, Francis, S R Driver and Charles A Briggs. A Hebrew and English lexicon of the Old Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1906
Clines, David J A (ed.). The dictionary of classical Hebrew. (2 vols) Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993, 1995
Holladay, William L. A concise Hebrew and Aramaic lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: E J Brill, 1971

Grammars (recommended for purchase):
*Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Wm B Eerdmans, 1992
*Kelley, Page H. Terry L Burden and Timothy G Crawford. A handbook to biblical Hebrew. An introductory grammar. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.