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Fall 2013/Menlo Park

LG502A, B


LG502A, B: BEGINNING HEBREW A and B. John Dr. Koeker.

DESCRIPTION: This two-quarter course is designed to introduce the student to the essentials of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. The student will learn to use basic lexical and exegetical tools. Time will be spent in class working through selected Old Testament texts in addition to the exercises presented in the grammar.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: As ministers and teachers in the church, knowledge of the Hebrew language allows us to gain a deeper appreciation for the linguistic background of the Bible. Knowledge of the Hebrew language opens a window for ministers and teachers to move beyond modern translations and interpret the biblical message in its original language. Since there is always a close connection between language and culture in societies, an understanding of biblical Hebrew also provides a greater appreciation for the cultural background of the Old Testament. A solid grasp of biblical Hebrew also aids interpretation of the Old Testament's theological message.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing the Beginning Hebrew course will have demonstrated the ability: 1. to read aloud in the Hebrew language and to write legibly in its standard script; 2. to recognize a basic vocabulary and set of forms; 3. to understand its basic grammar and syntax; 4. to use the standard exegetical tools in translating and analyzing the original language; and 5. to translate basic texts.

COURSE FORMAT: Regular participation in class for recitation of weekly assignments and quizzes. The textbook will lead the student through a reading of the book of Ruth. Class will meet weekly for three and one half hour sessions. Class will meet during final exam week.


Brown, F., S.R. Driver, C.A. Briggs.A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 1996. ISBN: 978-1565632066, Pub. Price $34.95.

Elliger K. and W. Rudolph. BibliaHebraicaStuttgartensia. American Bible Society, 1997. ISBN: 978-3438052223 (soft back), Pub. Price $39.99, or ISBN: 9783438052186 (hardback), or Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1998. ISBN: 978-3438052193, Pub. Price $69.99.

Green, Jennifer S., G. Brooke Lester, and Joseph F. Scrivner. Handbook to A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005. ISBN: 978-0687008346, Pub. Price $16.00.

Seow, C. L. A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Revised Edition. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995. ISBN: 9780687157860, Pub. Price $40.00.

Students should have access to other exegetical tools as listed in the Biblical Division bibliography http://schedule.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/Ling-Exeg-Biblio.html


Einspahr, Bruce. Index to Brown, Driver, Briggs Hebrew Lexicon. Chicago: Moody Press, 1977. ISBN: 978-0802440822, Pub. Price $42.99.

Software for parsing the Hebrew Bible (Bible Works).    


  1. Weekly assignments in the textbook with class recitation.
  2. Class attendance required.
  3. Weekly quizzes. (100%)
  • Each successive quiz counts more.

  • Permission required prior to the date of the quiz to make up a missed quiz.

  • Taking a quiz late reduces that quiz grade 5%.

Students are encouraged to learn the Hebrew Alphabet prior to the first day of class. The simple ‘block’ printing will suffice.

PREREQUISITES: None. Must be taken in sequence.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: The course meets MDiv core requirement in Hebrew (HEB).


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.