THL102 Biblical Hebrew 1 (8)

This subject introduces students to Biblical Hebrew as a basis for enhanced study of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and for further study of Biblical Hebrew. Its primary focus is foundational Hebrew vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Translation of selected biblical texts into English is an important component of the subject.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL102. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed subject THL416.

Subject Relationships

THL416 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to read, write and pronounce simple Biblical Hebrew phrases;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the historical context and cultural significance of Biblical Hebrew;
  • be able to demonstrate the acquisition of a basic vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew and an understanding of basic Biblical Hebrew grammar;
  • be able to translate selected texts from the Hebrew Bible and discuss relevant issues relating to vocabulary, grammar and syntax;
  • be able to demonstrate competence in the use of print and digital resources for the study of Biblical Hebrew; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Biblical Hebrew script and phonology
  • The history of Biblical Hebrew and its cultural significance
  • Vocabulary for basic Biblical Hebrew
  • Nouns, adjectives and simple numbers
  • Pronouns and pronominal suffixes
  • Verbs and Verbal paradigms
  • Introduction to prepositions, particles and conjunctions
  • Simple verbal and non-verbal clauses
  • Simple accents
  • Introduction to print and digital resources for studying Biblical Hebrew
  • Basic reading, pronunciation and translation exercises

Special Resources

Online students who enrol in this subject are required to travel to attend the compulsory residential school in Canberra and also to arrange their own accommodation and meals.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.