Introducing Biblical Hebrew (THEM127)

StaffDr Rebekah Welton -
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module will enable students to acquire a good working knowledge of the basic elements of Biblical Hebrew, to translate short passages from Hebrew into English (with appropriate glossary and the aid of a dictionary) and to translate short sentences from English into Hebrew.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate basic knowledge of Biblical Hebrew
  • 2. produce accurate translations of short passages, with the aid of glossary and dictionary
  • 3. identify and comment on grammatical forms of the language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. begin, with guidance, to demonstrate basic linguistic skills in the original language of a religious tradition
  • 5. begin, with guidance, to translate ancient religious texts

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. undertake directed work within clear guidelines
  • 7. communicate clearly in a written form
  • 8. participate appropriately in a learning group

Syllabus plan

The work will comprise basic language learning and study of grammar, working through the required course text book.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activity3333 x 1 hour classes
Guided independent study117Learning vocabulary, grammar, etc, and writing exercises, translations

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly exercises in textbook1 page1-7Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Quizzes303 across module1-7Written and oral
Examination602 hours1-7Written
Module participation10Send photo of notes/exercises to tutor weekly; tutorial1-6, 8Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-7Refer/Defer period
QuizzesQuizzes1-7Refer/Defer period
Module participationSend photo of notes/exercises to tutor, equivalent of one per week1-6, 8Refer/Defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

We recommend that you purchase the following core text-book, which is also available online via the library catalogue:

  • L Kahn, Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew (Routledge).

Recommended texts:

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Key words search

Hebrew, Bible