Regular MA admission requirements. A very good working knowledge of Biblical Hebrew is essential.
An introduction to the historical grammar of Biblical Hebrew on the basis of a detailed philological study, with special emphasis on the evolution of phonology and morphology.
A better idea of the evolution of Hebrew in its linguistic setting during the first millennium BCE and some experience with a thorough philological study of difficult texts, including matters of phonology, morphology, syntax, textual criticism, and contextual interpretation.
This research seminar contributes to the achievement of learning outcomes 4a and 4c (to give and write a clear and well-argued oral and written presentation on a research topic in accordance with academic standards) of the study programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations.
Please consult the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.
Mode of instruction
Total course load is 280 hours, of which:
13 tutorials of about 2 hours (26 hours);
preparing lectures, including reading and assignments (127 hours);
preparing written exam or writing a paper (127 hours).
Oral presentation (10%)
Research MA students will be expected to read additional secondary literature and to choose a paper topic that requires more original research than one-year MA students.
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the teacher.
Inspection and feedback
Students will be invited to discuss the paper individually with the teacher, as soon as the results have been published.
Blackboard will be used for additional study materials.
To be communicated during class.
For some background information, students should take a look at H. Gzella, “Ancient Hebrew”, in: id. (ed.), Languages from the World of the Bible, Berlin and New York 2011, 76-110; Research MA students should also study id., “Northwest Semitic in General”, in: S. Weninger et al. (eds.), The Semitic Languages, Berlin/New York 2011, 425-451.