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6AAT3040 Hebrew Texts: Prose


Please note that the title of this module from 2018-19 onwards will be Hebrew Texts I.

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee this module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

Credit value: 15
Module tutor: Dr Jonathan Stökl
Assessment: One 2,500-word essay (40%) and one two-hour examination (60%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: Two-hour weekly classes over ten weeks.
Pre-requisites: Basic biblical Hebrew

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.

This module complements 6AAT3041 Hebrew Texts II.

Past Syllabus

Please find syllabus document available here for academic year 2015-16. Please be aware that the content of the syllabus will differ each academic year.

Further information

Module aims
  • 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.
Learning outcomes

Generic skills

  • 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.
Preliminary Reading

please make sure that you have read the textbook for the introductory course (Lily Kahn. The Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew. London / New York: Routledge, 2013).

Bruce K. Waltke and Michael Patrick O’Connor. An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1990.

The text will be read from the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Please make sure that you have access to a copy (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia = Torah, Nevi’im u-Khetuvim [Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1997]).

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