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Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar


Admission requirements

A good grounding in the grammar of Classical / Biblical Hebrew.


In this course, we will engage more deeply with the grammar of Classical Hebrew; we will do this by analysing selected texts for their grammatical features as well as by writing some texts in Classical Hebrew ourselves (both through translation and through composition from scratch).

Course objectives

Students who have completed this course will deepen their understanding of the historical layering of the grammar of Classical Hebrew as well as grasped some of the challenges that authors of later biblical texts were facing when they were trying to emulate the styles of earlier texts. Students will also improve their appreciation of artistic and literary features of both prose and poetic texts.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar
    In addition to the regular seminars there will be a handful of tutorials for MA students on the course.

Assessment method


  • Participation

  • Translation of a text to be agreed with the course leader into Classical Hebrew

  • Composition of a short text in Classical Hebrew

  • Essay (5,000 word essay on a grammatical issue to be agreed with the course leader)


  • Participation: 10%

  • Translation: 20%

  • Composition of a short text in Classical Hebrew: 20%

  • Essay: 50%

The final mark for the course will be determined by using the weighted average of these marks.


Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the teacher.

Inspection and feedback

Essay feedback tutorials will be offered (students who would like one, should request it from the the lecturer).

Reading list

Further literature will be shared in class.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.

Registration Contractonderwijs

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contractonderwijs (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Registration Exchange students

Contact Humanities International Office


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal


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