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Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Module titleIntermediate Biblical Hebrew
Module codeTHE2035
Academic year2022/3
Module staff

Dr Rebekah Welton (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Module description

This module will build on your knowledge from pre-requisite module THE1072; Introducing Biblical Hebrew. You will focus on selected chapters from Genesis. You will be able to develop your knowledge of Biblical Hebrew through the study of the set text and further grammar. 

Module aims - intentions of the module

This option module will enable you to

  • Apply and to develop their knowledge of Biblical Hebrew through work on set texts and on further grammar
  • Engage in the translation and exegesis of the set texts
  • Consider the issues involved in translation

This level 2 module is available to students in Stage 2 and Stage 3, provided they have fulfilled the prerequisites.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. demonstrate knowledge of a biblical language by producing accurate, fluid translations of passages from the set texts and from unseen passages, with the aid of a glossary or dictionary
  • 2. identify and comment on grammatical forms found in the texts
  • 3. demonstrate understanding of the issues and decisions involved in producing translations of Hebrew Bible texts
  • 4. compare different modern translations of the texts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. demonstrate linguistic, translational and interpretative skills related to an ancient language
  • 6. awareness of the issues and decisions involved in producing translations of religiously significant texts
  • 7. the ability to make careful use of core methods of study, including linguistic analysis

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. undertake guided work within broad guidelines
  • 9. communicate clearly in a written form
  • 10. demonstrate understanding of the nature of language and the problems of translation

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Further grammar and language work, continuing work begun in THE1072
  • Aspects of L. Kahn, Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew
  • Translation of the set texts
  • Translation of unseen passages
  • Lexical analysis, comparison of various modern biblical translations of selected passages from the set text

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 Teaching333 x 1 hour classes per week
Guided Independent Study117Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly exercises in textbook1 page1-10Oral

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 module1-10Written, oral
Examination602 hours1-10Written
Module participation10Send photo of notes/exercises to tutor weekly; tutorial1-10Oral

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-10Referral/Deferral period
QuizzesQuizzes1-10Referral/Deferral period
Module participationSend photo of notes/exercises to tutor, equivalent of weekly1-10Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Selected chapters from Genesis will be studied. The primary text to be used throughout this module is Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (eds. K. Elliger and W. Rudolph; Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1966, 1977). Whilst it is recommended that you have your own copy, you will be provided with copies of the set text and other selected biblical passages throughout the module.

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

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon:

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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