Seminar Hebrew
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-THMA101
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Theologie;
Contactperson for the course
dr. S.A. Bledsoe
Other course modules lecturer
dr. S.A. Bledsoe
Other course modules lecturer
dr. S.A. Bledsoe
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
This course aims to improve facility in reading biblical Hebrew beyond the basic grammar and moving toward a more comprehensive understanding of Hebrew syntax, morphology, and vocabulary, especially the "weak" verb. Additionally, this course carries reading-intensive focus that aims both to increase familiarity with various different structures and styles (e.g., prose and poetry) found in the Hebrew Bible but also to enhance critical interpretation of biblical passages.
By the end of this course you will:
    1. Have an improved facility in reading biblical Hebrew by gaining an increased, intermediate level of familiarity with vocabulary and grammar;
    2. Be able to explain the most important elements of Hebrew syntax, especially with respect to the weak verb;
    3. Be able to read and understand different structures and styles of Hebrew prose;
    4. Become familiar with the standard tools used in the analysis of the Hebrew Bible, including lexica, grammars, and electronic/online tools.
This course is about reading and becoming familiar with biblical Hebrew. Moving past a grammatical focus, Seminar Hebrew focuses on translation with a guiding concept that translation is an act of interpretation. This course will help students develop the necessary tools for deeper, more meaningful engagement with the ancient Hebrew literature. In the context of a reading-intensive course-outline, we will carefully review various elements of advanced Biblical Hebrew grammar, especially the "weak" verb, non-indicative syntax, and diverse stylistic/syntactical structures. The course generally comprises weekly translation assignments from an individual text in the Hebrew Bible or a selection of texts connected by a common theme. In this course we will hone the skills necessary to undertake critical interpretation of the biblical text that has a wide range of applications for engaging the use and function of the Bible in scholarly and public discourse, as well as for personal reflection.

Presumed foreknowledge
Hebrew Elementary Course completed.
Test information
Weekly translation exercises; final exam.

Required materials
In consultation with teacher
Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Modern edition of the Hebrew text of the Tanak/Hebrew Bible, based on the Leningrad Codext, the oldest known complete version of the Hebrew Bible. Includes textual (scholarly) apparatus and Masoretic notes.
In consultation with teacher
A suitable Hebrew Grammar (to be approved by the instructor in class)
A suitable Hebrew Lexicon (to be approved by the instructor in class).

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

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