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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 powerpoint) 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.


Please consult the timetable on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total 280 hours (= 10 ec):

  • 2 hours per week x 14 weeks ( 28 hours)

  • 6 bi-weekly translations (60 hours)

  • webcast (46 hours)

  • oral presentation (46 hours)

  • written paper (100 hours)

Assessment method

Bi-weekly translations (40%), oral presentation + webcast (30%), written paper (30%).

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.


Blackboard is used for general course information, distributing course material, uploading the webcasts and handing in the final paper.

Reading list

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

  • Unpointed Biblical Hebrew texts (available through Blackboard).

  • P. Joüon & T. Muraoka, A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew (Subsidia Biblica 27; Rome 2006).


Students are required to register for this course via uSis, the course registration system of Leiden University. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


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