EB1E01 INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW
Facoltà di Teologia
Baccalaureato in Teologia
Contents: A general introduction to ancient Hebrew: alphabet, vowel
points and Masoretic vocalization, useful vocabulary, basic nominal and
verbal morphology, rudiments of syntax.
Aims: Being able to read, analyze, comprehend and translate elementary
Hebrew phrases as well as selected verses from the AT. Acquire an
Method: Lectures, exercises in class.
Final exam: Written test.
Dott.ssa Laura Paladino
Course Description: The student will learn the basic Hebrew Grammar
and Syntax to be able to engage in Old Testament Exegetical Classes
during the Triennium of Theological Formation. On completing the course,
the student will have the basic tools for reading biblical Hebrew with the
exception of the irregular verbs.
Course Objectives: As the original language of most of the Old Testament,
Biblical Hebrew is indispensable for anyone undertaking a critical
reading of Sacred Scripture. “A knowledge of [...] the biblical languages is
foundational and should be given the emphasis that Church teaching accords
it” (PPF Fifth Edition, 189). A. Seminarian is able to read Hebrew and
knows basic morphology and Syntax of the Biblical texts with the help of
Hebrew Lexica and Exegetical and Theological Dictionaries. B. Seminarian
is able to identify important terms of the OT and is able to discern their
inherence for the NT.
Course Requirements: A. Prerequisites. There are no specific requirements
for this introductory class on Biblical Hebrew. However, students
who have had Greek or Latin are most likely to do better in this class.
B. Homeworks. There will be weekly assignments from the Hebrew grammar
book. These assignments are important for they keep the students
the learning process by doing translations from the BHS. All Homeworks
represent 50% of the final grade. C. Drills/Quizzes. There will be three
vocabulary drills during the semester. Each one is worth 5% for 15% of the
final grade. D. Test. There will be a final examination. It is 35% of the final
Metodology: Our class will engage learning Hebrew per viam deductive
and inductive method of learning. Students must learn conjugations,
declensions and vocabulary using the anamnestic method for repetitio mate