FSW – Phoenix
LG502: BEGINNING HEBREW. Chris
DESCRIPTION: This course provides an introduction to biblical Hebrew. Students
will gain a basic understanding of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of
biblical Hebrew and begin developing translation skills necessary for biblical
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Interpreting the Bible in a critically
responsible and faithful way is vitally important in guiding our lives together
as Christians, and in whatever ministry God calls us to. The ability to read,
translate, and analyze the text of the Bible in its original languages greatly
enhances our search to discern God's message to us. With a basic understanding
of the Hebrew language, the Old Testament comes alive in new ways and allows us
to open ourselves to more of what God may be saying to us through God's word.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completing this course, the student will demonstrate
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: Ten
weekly meetings from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm to provide 35 in-class hours. Class time will consist of lecture,
reading, and translating from the Hebrew Bible, translation exercises, quizzes,
and tests. Attendance is very important for successfully completing this course
and towards acquiring the skill of reading biblical Hebrew. Students should
expect to spend at least two hours of outside preparation/homework for every
hour of class time.
Brown, F., S. R. Driver, and C. A. Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, with an
appendix, containing the Biblical Aramaic. Hendrickson,
1996 . ISBN: 9781565632066 ($34.95).
Elliger, K., and W. Rudolph. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 5th ed. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1997. ISBN: 978-3438052223
($39.99). (Wait to buy it after the first class)
Green, Jennifer S., G. Brooke Lester, and Joseph F. Scrivner. Handbook to A Grammar for
Biblical Hebrew. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005. ISBN: 978-0687008346
Seow, C. L. A Grammar for
Biblical Hebrew. Revised Edition. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995. ISBN:
See the Biblical Division bibliography "Linguistic and
Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Programs" available at
Chisholm, Robert B., Jr. From Exegesis to Exposition: A
Practical Guide to Using Biblical Hebrew. Baker, 1998.
ISBN: 9780801021718 ($28.00).
Jočon, P., and T. Muraoka.
A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblio, 1991. ISBN:
9788876536298 (Fuller price: $80.00).
Gesenius, W., and E. F. Kautzsch, et al. Gesenius'
Hebrew Grammar. 2nd. ed. Clarendon, 1963 . ISBN:
9780198154068 (Fuller price: $69.95).
Tucker, W. Dennis, Jr. Jonah: A Handbook on the Hebrew
Text. Baylor University Press, 2006. ISBN:
Williams, Ronald J. Hebrew Syntax: An Outline. 3rd
ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780802094292 ($27.95).
Van Pelt, Miles V. Old Testament Hebrew Vocabulary Cards.
Zondervan, 2004. ($17.99).
[Van Pelt's cards are keyed to Seow's text (you may
have to re-sort them). Of course, making your own set of vocabulary cards
provides additional writing practice and may help you learn the words better.]
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT: (1) Attendance and Participation
(5%); (2) Homework (15%); (3) Hebrew Text Presentation (5%); (4) Quizzes
(Vocabulary and Grammar) (25%); (5) Two Tests (25%); (6) Final exam (25%).
PREREQUISITES: Good standing. No audits.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: The course meets MDiv core
requirement in Hebrew (HEB).
FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes.
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to
modification. (April 2011).