Open and closed syllables, weak and strong dagesh, vocal and silent sheva
The gutturals, the definite article, maqqef
Roots and stems
Qal perfect weak verbs, Qal perfect plus vav, the interrogative, numerals
Qai imperfect strong and weak verbs: Jussive and cohortative
The remaining stems (strong and weak verbs)
Pronominal suffixes on verbs
The imperative forms
If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:
Demonstrate recognition and knowledge of the basics of Biblical Hebrew grammar with reference to the set chapters
Demonstrate a basic and systematic ability to study the Old Testament in its original language
Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the Hebrew Bible and the problems of translation
Show an awareness of the intricacies and challenges of interpreting the text
Conduct basic parsing and translation of grammatical forms
Undertake further courses in the exegesis of the Hebrew Bible with the aid of reference grammar books and lexicons
Select and organise material from a range of primary and secondary sources
Manage their own learning, including working effectively to deadlines
Progress to more advanced Biblical Hebrew grammar and language courses
Indicative reading list
Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew: an introductory grammar. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans publishing company, 1992) [ISBN 0802805981].
Kelley, Page H., Terry L. Burden and Timothy G. Crawford. A handbook to Biblical Hebrew an introductory grammar. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans publishing company, 1994) [ISBN 080280828X].
Pratico, Gary D. and Miles V. Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew grammar. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2007) second edition [ISBN 13: 9780310270201; ISBN 10: 0310270200].
Pratico, Gary D. and Miles V. Van Pelt. Basics of Biblical Hebrew workbook. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2007).
Brown, F., S. Driver and C. Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1996)
The critical edition of the set text (Genesis 42–45) taken from the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia