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Winter 2014/Seattle



LG502B: BEGINNING HEBREW. Renee Williams.

DESCRIPTION: This is a two-quarter course introducing Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. The student will learn to use some basic lexical and exegetical tools. Time will be spent in class working through selected Old Testament texts along with the exercises presented in the grammar.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The student will be prepared to do basic exegetical work—translating and analyzing the Hebrew text and interacting with commentaries—in subsequent classes and in preparation for preaching and teaching.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon the successful completion of this two-quarter course sequence, the student will have demonstrated the ability to (1) read aloud from the Hebrew Bible; (2) write legibly in a standard Hebrew script; (3) recognize and use high-frequency vocabulary of biblical Hebrew; (4) identify basic word forms, grammatical structures, and syntax; (5) translate short passages from the Hebrew Bible using a standard lexicon and other tools.

COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet three and a half hours weekly on Thursdays for quizzes, discussion of prepared assignments, informal lectures, and reading of Old Testament passages.Limited to 25 students. There will be a total of 35 class hours per quarter.


Brown, F., S.R. Driver, C.A. Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Hendrickson, 1996. ISBN: 978-1565632066. Pub. Price $34.95. [1127pp.]

Elliger, K., ed. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Amer Bible Society, 1997. [NOTE: You will not need this on the first day of class. Purchasing it later or using an electronic version will be acceptable. BHS will be required in future courses.] ISBN: 9783438052223, Pub. Price $39.99 [1574pp.]

Seow, C.L. A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Abingdon Press, 1995. ISBN: 978-0687157860, Pub. Price $40.00 [308pp.]

For additional materials necessary in the full range of bible courses; texts, lexicons and grammars, consult the Biblical Division bibliography "Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program" available at www.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/032/Ling-Exeg-Biblio.html and in the FNW office.


Armstrong, Terry A. Douglas L. Busby, and Cyril F. Carr. A Reader's Hebrew-English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Zondervan, 1989. ISBN 978-0310369806.

Waltke, B.K., and M. O’Connor. An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Eisenbrauns, 1990. ISBN: 978-0931464317, Pub. Price $67.50.


  1. Prepare weekly assignments for discussing and handing in (20%).

  2. Prepare for weekly quizzes (20%).

  3. Take-home Mid-term Exam (20%).

  4. Take-home Final Exam (40%).


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

FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes. Take-home exam.

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.