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BIBS213 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 2

Detailed study of Hebrew language and syntax, with weekly language exercises. The translation and exegesis of selected passages.

This paper builds on the introductory study of Hebrew done in HEBR 131/132 (or the equivalent), and introduces students to the exegesis of biblical texts in the Hebrew original. The specific texts covered change from year to year. We will immerse ourselves in particular biblical texts, becoming familiar with the intricacies of Hebrew style and syntax, and learning how to use not only the standard editions of the biblical texts, but also the major grammars, lexica, and biblical commentaries. This paper is an excellent way to deepen one's knowledge of Hebrew, so as to have a lifelong resource for the study of the Bible in its original language and its ancient context.

Paper title Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 2
Paper code BIBS213
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year, Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $835.20
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,435.00

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HEBR 103 or (HEBR 131 and HEBR 132)
BIBX 213
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Students must have studied enough Hebrew to read simple biblical texts in the original Hebrew before the paper begins.
Teaching staff
Reverend Dr James Harding and adjunct lecturers
Paper Structure
  • Two exegeses of texts covered in class (40%)
  • Three-hour final examination (60%)
Teaching Arrangements
Campus and distance: one two-hour lecture per week for the full year.
Distance students participate in the campus class via a desktop videoconferencing programme which is available free of charge. Students who are unable to join classes can download the videos and watch them at a later time.
Required: K. Elliger and W. Rudolph (eds.), Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (4th rev. ed.; Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1967/77)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, students will:
  • Have studied lengthy extracts from specific biblical books in the original Hebrew
  • Have understood the grammar, syntax, and translation problems of those texts
  • Be familiar with the major tools for the scholarly study of the Bible in the Hebrew original

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 9-12,14-22,28-34,36-41 Tues : 15:00-16:50