This course is a continuation of OT 1B03. It assumes that the student has an awareness of the material taught in that course.
Although OT 2C03 can function as a self-contained, totally asynchronous online course, synchronous online (Zoom) workshops will be available students to clarify concepts, ask questions, and interact with the professor and other students. These will be arranged as needed and as convenient for the students and professor. While attendance is not required, students who show up typically do much better in the course.
This course develops the students’ understanding of biblical Hebrew morphology and syntax in order to enable them to translate and sight-read Hebrew text and understand it more fully. It also further develops the students’ Hebrew vocabulary. This course will greatly enhance their capacity for study in the biblical texts and prove a tremendous aid to interpretation.
N.B.: The study of Hebrew is challenging for most students but is very rewarding for those who persevere. You should plan on spending time every day listening to lectures, completing assignments, and reviewing. You cannot “set this course aside” for a week or two while you work on a paper for another course. The secret of success is to keep to a regular schedule of study, to complete your assignments carefully and on time, and to review what you have learned on a consistent basis. Because this is an accelerated summer course, you will need to be especially proactive to keep up learning new concepts.
- To understand and recognize the forms (morphology) of Hebrew words as they are used in various ways in sentences
- To deepen understanding of Hebrew syntax/grammar
- To continue to build a solid basic vocabulary of Classical Hebrew words
- To embrace the value of understanding the original language in exegeting the biblical text
- To enrich one’s understanding of another culture through knowledge of that culture’s language
- To deepen one’s relationship with God through interacting with Scripture.
- To engage with the Scriptures in their original language and context
- To be able to translate most Hebrew passages into English in a way that reflects their original meaning
- To develop the ability to read directly from the Hebrew Scriptures
- To develop skills in using grammars and dictionaries when translating and interpreting Hebrew texts