THL306 Biblical Hebrew 3 (8)

This subject consolidates the studies completed in Biblical Hebrew 1 and 2. It entails a close examination of the grammatical and literary qualities of selected passages from the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as well as the completion of a substantial translation project demonstrating advanced proficiency in working with Biblical Hebrew.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL306. 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



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in Biblical Hebrew grammar and vocabulary;
  • be able to demonstrate facility in translating Biblical Hebrew prose and poetic texts;
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with linguistic and literary features of Biblical Hebrew;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced skills in translation, including an ability to discuss critical issues involved in translation choices;
  • be able to demonstrate use of the critical apparatus in critical editions of the Hebrew Bible;
  • be able to demonstrate engagement with critical scholarship; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including well developed research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Vocabulary for advanced Biblical Hebrew
  • Advanced grammar and linguistic studies
  • Complex phrase and clause structures
  • Literary and linguistic features of Biblical Hebrew narrative and poetry
  • Diachronic features of Biblical Hebrew and its relationship to cognate languages
  • Features of narrative discourse in Biblical Hebrew
  • Contextual dimensions of the translation process
  • Advanced reading and translation exercises
  • Substantial translation project involving commentary on grammatical issues

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL306 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Jonah 3 translation
Amos 4 translation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.