Course Descriptions

HCL 6/422 Readings in Historical and Geographical Texts - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Alternate Fall Semesters

Course Description

A literary, textual, and exegetical study of biblical Hebrew narrative texts that are significant for the study of historical geography.  This course seeks to integrate the physical reality of the land of the Bible with the Hebrew text of the Old Testament.  Prerequisite: HCL 6/411.

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:  

  • Language – Hebrew
  • Historical Geography

Course Objectives

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

  • read biblical Hebrew narrative texts with some degree of fluency;
  • have a good understanding of biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and the verbal system and the various historical developments of the language;
  • begin to relate historical and geographical narratives in the Hebrew Bible with the geographical context of the land of the Bible;
  • do exegesis of the Hebrew Bible; and
  • know the 1500 most frequently occurring words in the Hebrew Bible.

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.