Hebrew I
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-THBA102
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Theologie;
dr. S.A. Bledsoe
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dr. S.A. Bledsoe
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Contactperson for the course
dr. S.A. Bledsoe
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Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew. This includes a basic understanding of Hebrew syntax and the morphology of the strong verb, as well as a familiarity with the most common Hebrew lexemes.You will be able to read and translate most narrative texts from the Hebrew Bible with the aid of a dictionary or lexicon. You will also have the necessary tools for in-depth exegetical analysis of any passage of the Hebrew Bible and thus be able to engage both biblical interpreters and scholars from a critical, academic perspective.
An Introduction to the Language of the Old Testament

Learning a new language opens up new worlds and new ways of thinking. The Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, has been a sacred text for Jewish and Christian communities for centuries, and the biblical text continues to have a place in public discourse, informing not only religious communities but politics, society, and culture. This course will help you gain a basic understanding of the ancient Hebrew language and thereby develop one of the many tools necessary for critical engagement of sacred scripture. By the end of the course you will be able to read many of the familiar stories in their original language and thus discover many of the otherwise overlooked subtleties that emanate from the art of Hebrew narrative. The course comprises a brief overview of the most important aspects of Hebrew grammar and familiarizes you with the most common Hebrew terms and their many nuances. The ability to read the Hebrew Bible in Hebrew will open up a panoply of exegetical and interpretive avenues, applicable both for personal enjoyment and reflection as well as for academic study in a number of fields, including (but not limited to) history, literature, and theology.

Presumed foreknowledge
This is an introductory level course; there is no presumed foreknowledge required.
Test information
Regular homework assignments, weekly quizzes, and a final exam.

Required materials
The required literature will be announced and/or distributed before the first class meeting.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Written Exam
Test weight1
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2