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Fall 2008

Winter 2011

FSW – Phoenix



 LG502B: BEGINNING HEBREW A. Thomas Parker.



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 will, 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: 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 on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:30 to provide 35 in-class hours.



Š       Expanded Syllabus

Š       Brotzman, Ellis R. Old Testament Textual Criticism. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994. ISBN: 0801010659.  $21.99

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

         Hendrickson, 1996. ISBN: 1565632060.  $34.95 (Don’t buy until after class begins)

Š       Dobson, John H. Learn Biblical Hebrew. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2005. ISBN:

         0801031028.  $29.99

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, $79.99), regular print edition (ISBN: 3438052199 $69.99, and an edition combined with Greek New NT, titled Biblia Sacra Hebraica et Graeca (ISBN: 3438052504 $139.99), to choose from, depending on your needs and finances. (Don’t buy until after class begins)

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

         Zondervan, 2003. ISBN: 0310250722  $16.99

Š    Ross, Allen P. Introducing Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001. ISBN: 0801021472.  $49.99



Š       Groom, Sue. Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew. London: Paternoster, 2003. ISBN: 1842271644.  $29.99

Š       Long, Gary. Grammatical Concepts 101 for Biblical Hebrew. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 1565637135.  $19.95

Š       See the Biblical Division bibliography “Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program” available at http://www.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/032/Ling-Exeg-Biblio.html & the FSW office.



1.     Weekly assignments and class participation (10%)

2.     Weekly quizzes (10%)

3.     1st Exam (25%)

4.     2nd Exam (25%)

5.     Final Exam (30%)



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.