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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Module Code TP201
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brad Anderson
Semester 2: Brad Anderson
Autumn: Brad Anderson
Module TeachersBrad Anderson
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to classical Hebrew, the language of the Jewish Scriptures or Old Testament. In this module students develop knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, vowel pointing, and basic Hebrew grammar, notably nouns, basic verb forms, and sentence structure. Students will also develop a working vocabulary of biblical Hebrew that can be used in future research and study. Students are expected to attend and contribute to lectures, to keep up to date with assignments, and to engage with assigned texts in a reflective and analytical manner

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and write the Hebrew alphabet, including vowels
2. Recognise nouns and their different parts
3. Identify the definite article, pronouns, and the use of prepositions
4. Understand basic Hebrew verb forms
5. Read and recognise the most prevalent words in biblical Hebrew
6. Translate simple sentences from Hebrew into English

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Alphabet and vowels

Dagesh, sheva, odd vowels

Nouns and verbs: masculine, feminine, plural

The perfect tense

The direct object

Word pairs: singular and plural

The imperfect tense

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationAttendance and participation20%n/a
In Class TestMid-term quiz20%n/a
Written ExamEnd of term test40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • BHS: Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: 1997, BHS: Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft,
  • Fields, Lee M: 2008, Hebrew for the Rest of Us, Zondervan, Grand Rapids,
  • Kelley, Page H: 1992, Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids,
  • Northey, Margot, Bradford A. Anderson, and Joel N. Lohr: 2012, “Learning Languages,” in Making Sense: A Student’s Guide to Research and Writing in Religious Studies, OUP, Oxford,
  • Pratico Gary D., and Miles V. Van Pelt: 2005, Biblical Hebrew Study Guide, Zondervan, Grand Rapids,
  • Simon, Ethelyn, Linda Motzkin, and Irene Resnikoff: 2005, The First Hebrew Primer: The Adult Beginner's Path to Biblical Hebrew, 3rd Ed, EKS Publishing, Oakland,
  • Weingreen, J. A: 1959, Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, 2nd ed, 2nd ed, Clarendon, Oxford,
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