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BIBS313 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 3

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

This paper builds on BIBS 213 (or the equivalent) and advances students' abilities to read biblical texts in the original Hebrew and interpret them critically. We will immerse ourselves in particular biblical texts, becoming more familiar with the intricacies of Hebrew grammar, syntax, and style and deepening our acquaintance with 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. The specific texts covered change from year to year.

Paper title Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 3
Paper code BIBS313
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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BIBS 213 or BIBX 213
BIBX 313
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Students must have studied enough Hebrew to read biblical texts in the original Hebrew before the paper begins, which usually means having successfully completed HEBR 132 and BIBS 213.

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 313
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will:
  • Understand the grammar, syntax and major translation problems of specific texts from the Bible in the original Hebrew
  • Have deepened their familiarity with Hebrew grammar and syntax
  • Have become proficient in engaging critically with advanced scholarly research on the biblical texts in Hebrew.

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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