Course Descriptions

HCL 6/410 Biblical Hebrew I - Credit Hours: 4

Semester normally offered: Fall

Course Description

This course, which assumes no prior knowledge of Hebrew, teaches the student the basics of classical Hebrew phonology, morphology and syntax, including the fundamentals of the writing system. The most basic vocabulary will be learned, including every word used 500 or more times in the Hebrew Bible. The student will also be introduced to the basics of translation theory.

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:  

  • Language - Hebrew

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • correctly pronounce the Hebrew words in any verse of the Bible;
  • have a basic idea of Hebrew grammar;
  • know all of the vocabulary occurring 500 or more times in the Hebrew Bible;
  • know all of the binyanim of the strong verb; and
  • use commentaries and tools that assume a knowledge of biblical Hebrew.

Field Study

A one-day interactive field study at a site where students can encounter biblical Hebrew texts, such as the Israel Museum or a synagogue.

*Note that field studies are not included for JUC Online courses.