Offered at AST, Winter 2019

Course Description

A more detailed study of Hebrew grammar and syntax through the reading of selected biblical texts, this course is designed as a continuation of HB 2201. For a complete introduction, students will continue through two semesters of study. In the second semester emphasis will fall on less regular paradigms (learned inductively) and more complicated syntax. The basic goal of the entire course is for students to become proficient in the rudiments of biblical Hebrew, sufficient for the independent reading of biblical books.

Prerequisites: HB 2201 and BF 1001 (or equivalent).

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Required Texts (Winter 2019)*

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.
Order it in Canada or the USA. ISBN 978-0801048869.
Takamitsu Muraoka. A Biblical Hebrew Reader: With an Outline Grammar. Leuven: Peeters, 2017.
Order it in Canada or the USA. ISBN 978-9042934900.
Karl Elliger and Willhelm Rudulph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1997.
Optional for HB 2201, required for HB 2202. The student edition (paperback) is more affordable, but the hardcover is significantly more durable.
Order it in Canada or the USA. ISBN 978-1598561630.

Please note that textbook selections for my courses often change with each iteration of the course.

Making Sense
Margot Northey, Bradford A. Anderson, and Joel N. Lohr. Making Sense in Religious Studies: A Student’s Guide to Research and Writing. 3rd ed. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2019.
This title is optional but highly recommended. It includes basic advice on things like reading religious texts, writing essays and book reviews, making oral presentations, and learning languages. It should help you master fundamental tasks in nearly any course in religion or theology.
The SBL Handbook of Style, 2nd Edition, is the definitive style manual for biblical studies and related disciplines.
A blog ( and free Student Supplement (PDF) should cover the issues most common to term papers. The AST library copy is in the reference section at PN 147 S26 2014.
Serious students of biblical studies will want a copy of their own. Order one from SBL Press or elsewhere online. ISBN 978-1589839649.
See my resources page for further advice on writing, style, and research.

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