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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introductory Biblical Hebrew 2
    Subject Hebrew
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    HEBR 131 or HEBX 131
    HEBX 132
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Theology
    Any student who would like to learn ancient Hebrew.

    Dr Katie Marcar - email:

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    Dr Katie Marcar - email:

    Paper Structure

    This paper will be assessed by:

    • Five assignments (5% each)
    • One tests (15% each)
    • One final examination (60%)
    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

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


    Required: Ethelyn Simon, Irene Resnikoff, & Linda Motzkin (1992). The First Hebrew Primer, Third Edition. EKS Publishing.

    Required: Biblical Hebrew: A Compact Guide, 2nd ed., by Miles V. Van Pelt (Zondervan, 2019).

    Highly Recommended: T J Murphy (2003) Pocket Dictionary For The Study Of Biblical Hebrew, IVP Academic.

    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


    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 Monday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
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