Course Descriptions

HCL 6/423 Readings in Poetic Texts - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Alternate Spring Semesters

Course Description

A linguistic, literary, textual and exegetical study of biblical Hebrew poetic texts. This course builds on the foundation laid in beginning Hebrew courses. Prerequisite: HCL 6/422

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 biblical Hebrew poetic texts with an understanding of how they work;
  • have a good understanding of biblical Hebrew grammar & syntax;
  • know all of the vocabulary occurring 10 or more times in the Hebrew Bible;
  • know how the biblical Hebrew verbal system functions;
  • be able to do exegesis of the Hebrew Bible; and
  • be capable of doing further research in biblical history and geography that requires interaction with the Hebrew text.

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.