Course Descriptions

HCL 6/411 Biblical Hebrew II - Credit Hours: 4

Semester normally offered: Spring

Course Description

This course assumes the material covered in Biblical Hebrew I and continues the basics of classical Hebrew phonology, morphology, and syntax.  Basic vocabulary will be learned, including every word used 29 or more times in the Hebrew Bible. The student will also be introduced to translation theory. Prerequisite: HCL 6/410.

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:

  • read texts from the Hebrew Bible with the aid of a lexicon;
  • have a good grasp of the basics of Hebrew grammar;
  • know the 1,000 most frequently occurring words in the Hebrew Bible;
  • know all of the binyanim of the strong verb;
  • know all of the weak verbs and how they appear in context;
  • identify and work with basic linguistic methods for further research;
  • know the basics of how to do biblical exegesis; 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.