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Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar


Admission requirements

Regular MA admission requirements.


The course consists of four parts:

a) reading unpointed texts in Biblical Hebrew, paying attention to each and every grammatical detail;
b) bi-weekly translating assignments from English to fully-vocalized Biblical Hebrew;
c) an oral presentation (with handout) on grammatical and philological details of a specific Biblical verse, using advanced tools such as dictionaries, standard grammars and commentaries.
d) a written paper on the subject of the oral presentation.

Course objectives

  • Advanced knowledge of the details of Biblical Hebrew grammar.

  • Translation skills English to vocalized Biblical Hebrew.

  • Skills in using and understanding relevant literature (dictionaries, commentaries, grammars, monographs) for the study of specific passages in Biblical Hebrew.

  • Oral and written presentation skills.


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Mode of instruction


Course load

10 EC = 280 hours

  • Attending lectures: 28 hrs

  • Translating texts to Hebrew: 50 hrs

  • Reading Book of Jonah: 12 hrs

  • Writing additional chapter: 10 hrs

  • Preparing presentation: 40 hrs

  • Written paper: 140 hrs

Assessment method

  • Five translations, for a total of 25% of the grade (5% per text)

  • Final translation, 8% o.t.g.

  • Presentation, 17% o.t.g.

  • Term paper, 50% o.t.g.


For this course use is made of Blackboard.


  • J. Weingreen, Classical Hebrew Composition (sold out; relevant passages available through Blackboard);

  • Unpointed Biblical Hebrew texts (available through Blackboard).


Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden. website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

B.D. Suchard MA. Tel. +31 71 527 3071.