Intoduction to Biblical Hebrew TRS1033E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will introduce those with very little or no previous knowledge of Hebrew to the forms and structure of the language of the Hebrew Bible, enabling them to read selected passages of scripture and to explore the value of being able to do so.


10 x 2 hour lectures over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Translation project with short critical commentary (1200 words) - 60%

Reflective project (800 words) - 40%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to key concepts in the study of the Hebrew language;

■ Familiarise students with basic features of the forms and structure of Hebrew as used in the Hebrew Bible;

■ Equip students with a basic Hebrew vocabulary targeted at reading the Hebrew Bible;

■ Encourage students to reflect upon the value of an ability to read the Hebrew Bible in Hebrew.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Read and understand basic Classical Hebrew by translating an agreed passage of the Hebrew Bible into English;

■ Reflect critically upon the insights gained from reading the Hebrew Bible in Hebrew as opposed to in translation;

■ Critically analyse how the process of translating enhances their understanding of the text.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.