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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) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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HEBR 103 or (HEBR 131 and HEBR 132)
BIBX 213
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Teaching staff
Reverend Dr James Harding or adjunct lecturers
Paper Structure
2 exegeses of texts covered in class (40%)
3-hour final examination (60%)
Course outline
View BIBS213 course outline
Required:K. Elliger and W. Rudolph, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (4th rev. ed.; Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1967/77)
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: one x 2-hour lecture per week for the full year.
Distance: one x 2-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.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, in-depth knowledge, lifelong learning, research, scholarship, self-motivation. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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
Any student can study Theology whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith, or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
More information link
View more information on the Department of Theology and Religion's websites: or
Reverend Dr James Harding

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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


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