6AAT3040 Hebrew Texts: Prose
Credit value: 15
Module tutor: Professor Paul Joyce (2012-13) / Dr Jonathan Stökl (2013-14)
- 2012-13: one 2,500-word essay (40%) and one two-hour examination in the summer term (Period II) (60%)
- 2013-14: one 3,000-word essay (40%) and one two-hour examination in the summer term (Period II) (60%)
Teaching pattern: Two-hour weekly classes over ten weeks.
Availability: view module availability for current/next academic year
Students will be expected to prepare in advance a translation of a selected portion of the text. Sessions will then be based largely on translation and discussion of the text, and will consider questions of grammar and syntax as well as exegetical issues arising from the text. The set text for this module will be announced at the beginning of the academic year.
Texts currently studied for this module are Exodus 1-15 and Esther, in alternate years. The topic for 2012-13 is Exodus 1-15.
To consolidate and extend students’ facility in Biblical Hebrew;
To develop students’ exegetical skills via class discussion of the text being studied;
To extend students’ familiarity with and ability to use the critical apparatus in Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.
Demonstrate a knowledge of the structure, vocabulary and idioms of a Semitic language;
Carry out critical and competent engagement with ancient primary sources in their original language;
Carry out critical and competent engagement with secondary literature relating to the primary sources.
Module specific skills
Read, understand and translate a prose text accurately, fluently and idiomatically from biblical Hebrew to English;
Comment grammatically and exegetically upon the set text;
Explain and use the textual apparatus in Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.