Winter 2010

FSW – Phoenix



 LG502B: BEGINNING HEBREW B. Chris Schutte.



DESCRIPTION: This is the second of two quarters of Hebrew. The course is designed to acquaint the student with the structure of Biblical Hebrew focusing on forms, syntax, and basic Old Testament Hebrew vocabulary.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: One of the most basic elements in interpreting the text of the Old Testament is understanding the language in which it is written. Students who successfully complete this year should, with the use of various resources, be able to consult the Hebrew text as a part of the exegetical task, and should be able to evaluate critical theological and exegetical positions, which purport to be based on some feature of the Hebrew text.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this two-course track each student will demonstrate the ability: (1.) to read aloud in Hebrew and to write legibly in its standard script; (2.) to recognize a basic Hebrew vocabulary and Hebrew forms; (3.) to understand Hebrew grammar and syntax; (4.) to use the standard exegetical tools in translating and analyzing the biblical Hebrew.


COURSE FORMAT: Ten weekly meetings for three and one half-hour sessions to provide 35 in-class hours.



Š     Expanded Syllabus

Š     Brown, Driver, and Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Peabody:

Š     Hendrickson, 1996. ISBN: 1565632060.

Š     Dobson, John H. Learn Biblical Hebrew. 2nd ed. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2005. ISBN: 0801031028.

Š     Kittel, R. Biblia Hebraica. Editio Minor. Stuttgart: Wurtembergische Bibelanstalt, 1973.  ISBN: 3438052199. Note on Hebrew Bible (BHS): There is a large print edition (large print ISBN: 3438052180), regular print edition (ISBN: 3438052199, and an edition combined with Greek New NT, titled Biblia Sacra Hebraica et Graeca (ISBN: 34380525004), to choose from, depending on your needs and finances.

Š     Van Pelt, Miles and Gary Pratico. The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids:

Š     Zondervan, 2003. ISBN: 0310250722

Š     Ross, Allen P. Introducing Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001. ISBN: 0801021472.



Š     Groom, Sue. Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2003. ISBN: 1842271644.

Š     Long, Gary. Grammatical Concepts 101 for Biblical Hebrew. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 1565637135.

Š     See the Biblical Division bibliography “Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program” available at & the FSW office.



1.     Weekly assignments and class participation (10%)

2.     Weekly quizzes (10%)

3.     Mid-Term Exam (40%)

4.     Final Exam (40%)



RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: LG502A and B fulfill the M.Div. core requirements in “Hebrew” (HEB). 




This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.