HCL 658 Comparative Semitics - Credit Hours: 3
Semester normally offered: Alternate Spring Semesters
A study in the field of comparative Semitics as a tool for scientific analysis of biblical Hebrew texts. Course work uses the students’ knowledge of Hebrew as a base for examining the grammar of other Semitic languages. Prerequisite: HCL 6/411. In addition, an introductory understanding of Aramaic, Arabic or another Semitic language is strongly recommended.
This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:
- Semitic Languages
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- understand the theory and grammar of various Semitic languages;
- identify and use the Arabic alphabet, and explain the nominal and verbal systems and paradigms of Arabic; and
- read and translate on a rudimentary level texts in Ugaritic, Akkadian, Aramaic, Ethiopic, Syrian and/or Classical Arabic.
A one-day interactive field study at a site where students can encounter biblical Hebrew texts, such as the Israel Museum or a synagogue.