Offered at AST, Fall 2018

Course Description

An introduction to the basic principles of biblical Hebrew with emphasis on morphology, phonology, and syntax, this course is for students who want to study the Old Testament in Hebrew. Students will learn basic Hebrew grammar, develop a rudimentary biblical Hebrew vocabulary, and begin to read the Hebrew Bible with one eye on the window it opens into ancient Israel and another on its historic role as as scripture in Judaism and Christianity. This course is suitable preparation for further study in religion, theology, or classics. (It is open to undergraduate and graduate students from other universities. Please contact the AST Registrar to enroll as a Letter of Permission student.)

Prerequisites: None. The course is required for HB 2202 and advanced biblical Hebrew.

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Required Texts (Fall 2018)

John A. Cook and Robert D. Holmstedt. Beginning Biblical Hebrew: A Grammar and Illustrated Reader. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013.
Note that this textbook includes a significant set of online study aids.
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Takamitsu Muraoka. A Biblical Hebrew Reader: With an Outline Grammar. Leuven: Peeters, 2017.
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Karl Elliger and Willhelm Rudulph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1997.
Optional for HB 2201 (Fall 2018), required for HB 2202 (Winter 2019). The student edition (paperback) is more affordable, but the hardcover is significantly more durable.
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