This course is a continuation of OT 1B03 and continues the journey of learning Hebrew with the aim of enhancing the student’s capacity for study in, and interpretation of, the texts of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Building on the previous course, students will learn more grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. There will be continued emphasis on morphology (words and their forms) and syntax (how words fit together to make coherent sentences). Students will continue to acquire a broad vocabulary for reading and translation and more skill will be developed in the use of lexicons. Pronunciation and oral reading will be practiced. These skills should enable the student to read simple prose and poetry in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in its original language.
N.B.: The study of Hebrew is challenging for many students but is very rewarding for those who persevere. The secret of success is to attend every class, to complete your assignments regularly and on time, and to review on a consistent basis.
- To build a solid basic vocabulary of Classical Hebrew words
- To understand the basic form and syntax of Hebrew words as they are used in various ways in sentences
- To understand the use of grammars and dictionaries in translating Hebrew texts
- To embrace the value of understanding the original language in researching and 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 further develop skill in translating texts from the Hebrew Scriptures
- To engage with the Scriptures in their original language and context