THL241 Biblical Hebrew 2 (8)


This subject builds upon the content covered in Biblical Hebrew 1 to develop further proficiency in Biblical Hebrew. Grammatical, linguistic and literary elements of Biblical Hebrew are studied, and particular attention is given to the translation of extensive portions of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible).

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Session 2
InternalCanberra Campus
InternalUnited Theological College
Distance*Canberra Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL241
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
THL102THL457 THL457 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to read and translate complex Biblical Hebrew phrases
  • be able to demonstrate the acquisition of a substantial vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew
  • be able to demonstrate a sound grasp of the verb system and all major features of grammar and syntax
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of narrative and poetic texts
  • be able to complete a critical translation of designated texts, making use of the text-critical apparatus of critical editions of the Hebrew Bible
  • demonstrate self-guided learning, including sound research, writing and communication skills


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Vocabulary for intermediate Biblical Hebrew
  • Common complex phrase and clause structures
  • Major accents of Biblical Hebrew
  • Literary characteristics of Biblical Hebrew
  • The use of prepositions and other minor parts of speech
  • Remaining verbal conjugations and declension of uncommon weak verbs
  • Introduction to textual criticism
  • The use of print and digital resources for translation and exegesis
  • Intermediate reading and translation exercises

Residential School

This subject contains a optional 3 day residential school. The purpose of this residential school is to provide students with the fundamental linguistic skills needed for the successful completion of this subject.

Activitives to be undertaken include guided spoken exercises, lectures, tutorial presentations, and tests.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.