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BIBS411 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis (Advanced)

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This paper builds on the study of Hebrew done in BIBS 313 (or the equivalent), advancing students' abilities to interpret biblical texts critically in the original languages by focusing on the exegesis of specific texts from the Tanakh.

Paper title Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis (Advanced)
Paper code BIBS411
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (Distance learning)
Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,174.57
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BIBX 411
Students must have studied enough Hebrew to read advanced biblical texts in the original Hebrew before the paper begins, which usually means at least HEBR 132, BIBS 213 and BIBS 313 (or the equivalents).

Course Co-ordinator: Reverend Dr James Harding - email

Teaching staff

Reverend Dr James Harding - email

Paper Structure


  • Grammar comments (10%)
  • Translation and exegesis (25%)
  • Translation and exegesis (25%)
  • Thematic essay or word study (40%)
Teaching Arrangements

Campus and Distance: Two 1-hour lectures per week for the full year, where students will join BIBS 213/313, plus an extra hour at a time to be agreed with other students and the course co-ordinator.

Distance students participate in the class via a desktop videoconferencing programme called Zoom (available free of charge). Classes may be recorded so that students who are unable to join classes can download the videos and watch them later.


K. Elliger and W. Rudolph, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (4th rev. ed.; Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1967/77).

Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner, The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament: Study Edition (2 vols.; Leiden: Brill, 2001).

Course outline
View the course outline for BIBS 411
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Understand the grammar, syntax and major translation problems of selected Hebrew texts from the Tanakh and Sirach
  • Acquire an advanced proficiency in engaging critically with advanced scholarly research on Hebrew texts from Tanakh and Sirach.

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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 17:00-17:50 9-15, 18-22, 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 18-22, 28-34, 36-41