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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 is an excellent way to deepen your knowledge of Hebrew, so as to have a lifelong resource for the study of the Bible in its original language. The paper introduces students to the detailed study of specific biblical texts in the original Hebrew. We will become familiar with Hebrew grammar, syntax, and style, and learn how to use not only the standard editions of the biblical texts, but also the major grammars, lexica, and biblical commentaries. The texts studied change from year to year.

Paper title Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 2
Paper code BIBS213
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (Distance learning)
Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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HEBR 103 or (HEBR 131 and HEBR 132)
Pre or Corequisite
BIBS 112
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, which usually means having completed HEBR 132 (or equivalent).

Dr James Harding

Teaching staff

Dr James Harding

Paper Structure


  • 6 assignments x 5% each (30%)
  • Grammar comments 10%
  • Final exam 60%
Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

Campus: Two one-hour lectures per week for the full year.

Distance: Two one-hour lectures per week for the full year. Distance students participate in the campus classes via Zoom. Students who are unable to join classes can watch recordings at a later time.

Required: K. Elliger and W. Rudolph (eds.), Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (4th rev. ed.; Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1967/77)
Course outline
View the course outline for BIBS 213
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 extracts from specific biblical texts in the original Hebrew
  • Understand 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


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22, 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16, 18-22, 28-34, 36-41