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HEBR132 Introductory Biblical Hebrew 2

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A continuation of HEBR131, including the translation and exegesis of selected passages from the Hebrew Bible.

This paper follows directly on from HEBR 131, which is our basic introduction to Hebrew: the main original language of the Hebrew Bible, spoken and written in ancient Israel and Judah in the first millennium BCE and almost certainly well known to Jesus Christ. We will build on the knowledge of basic Hebrew grammar and syntax learned in HEBR 131 and will begin to read narrative texts drawn directly from the Hebrew Bible. By the end, students will be able to use Hebrew in their study of the Hebrew Bible and will have a basis not only for the lifelong study of Hebrew and other Semitic languages, but for the deep study of the Bible, Sirach, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Rabbinic Literature in the original.

Paper title Introductory Biblical Hebrew 2
Paper code HEBR132
Subject Hebrew
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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HEBR 131 or HEBX 131
HEBX 132
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Any student who would like to learn ancient Hebrew.

Reverend Dr James Harding - email

Teaching staff

Dr Jonathan Robinson - email

Paper Structure

This paper will be assessed by:

  • Five assignments (5% each)
  • One tests (15% each)
  • One final examination (60%)
Teaching Arrangements
Campus and Distance: Three 1-hour lectures per week

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

Learning Biblical Hebrew: Reading for Comprehension: An Introductory Grammar (Karl V Kutz, Rebekah Josberger)
Learning Biblical Hebrew Workbook: A Graded Reader with Exercises (Karl V Kutz, Rebekah Josberger)

Highly recommended:
Pocket Dictionary For The Study Of Biblical Hebrew (T J Murphy)

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  • Have increased their grasp of the main principles of the grammar and syntax of biblical Hebrew
  • Have broadened their core vocabulary of commonly occurring words used in the Hebrew Bible
  • Have read and understood some straightforward Hebrew narratives from the Bible

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Semester 2

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

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-37, 39-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41