THE1072 - Introducing Biblical Hebrew

2020/1 Module description

StaffProfessor Francesca Stavrakopoulou - Convenor
Miss Anne Burberry - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module description

Available in levels, 1, 2 and 3, you will learn Classical Hebrew. Following Kahn, Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew, you will acquire a good working knowledge of the basic elements of Biblical Hebrew.  This will enable you to translate short passages from Hebrew into English (with appropriate glossary and the aid of a dictionary) and to translate short sentences from English into Hebrew. 

Module aims

This option module will:

  • Enable you to acquire a good working knowledge of the basic elements of Biblical Hebrew
  • Enable you to translate short passages from Hebrew into English (with appropriate glossary and the aid of a dictionary)
  • Enable you to translate short sentences from English into Hebrew

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of Biblical Hebrew
  • 2. Produce accurate translations of short passages, with the aid of glossary and dictionary
  • 3. Identify and comment on grammatical forms of the language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Begin, with guidance, to demonstrate basic linguistic skills in the original language of a religious tradition
  • 5. Begin, with guidance, to translate ancient religious texts

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Undertake directed work within clear guidelines
  • 7. Communicate clearly in a written form
  • 8. Participate appropriately in a learning group

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it will comprise basic language learning and study of grammar, working through the required course text book.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching3333 x 1 hour classes
Guided Independent Study117Learning vocabulary, grammar, etc., and writing exercises, translations

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly exercises in textbook1 page1-7Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Quizzes303 across module1-7Written and oral
Examination602 hours1-7Written
Module participation10Send photo of notes/exercises to tutor weekly; tutorial1-6, 8Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-7Referral/Deferral period
QuizzesQuizzes1-7Referral/Deferral period
Module participationSend photos of notes/exercises to tutor, equivalent to one per week1-6, 8Referral/ Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

We recommend that you purchase the following core text-book, which is also available online via the library catalogue:

  • L Kahn, Routledge Introductory Course in Biblical Hebrew (Routledge).

Recommended texts:

  • Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon:

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