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Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar


Admission requirements

Successful completion of the course “Biblical Hebrew 2” (BA Ancient Cultures of the Mediterranean World: Hebrew and Aramaic languages and cultures) or comparable knowledge, to the discretion of the teacher.


The course consists of four parts:
a) Reading unvocalised Biblical Hebrew texts, paying attention to details of the grammar and an active knowledge of grammatical paradigms.
b) Translation of English texts into fully-vocalised Biblical Hebrew.
c) An oral presentation (with elaborate handout and/or PowerPoint) on grammatical and philological details of a Biblical Hebrew text on the basis of thorough literature study.
d) A written paper (ca. 5000 words) on the subject of the oral presentation.

Course objectives

  • Advanced knowledge of the details of Biblical Hebrew grammar.

  • Translating skills English to fully-vocalised Biblical Hebrew.

  • Working knowledge of scholarly literature.

  • Oral and written presentations skills.


See timetable available on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load: 280h (10 ec), divided as follows:

  • Course hours (13 × 2 weekly): 26h;

  • Preparation of bi-weekly translations: 58h;

  • Preparation oral presentation: 58h;

  • Preparation final written paper: 140h.

Assessment method

Bi-weekly translations (35%), oral presentation (30%), final paper (35%).


The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


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


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

To be communicated in class.


Enrollment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. M.F.J. Baasten