Hebrew Reading B

crosslisted as BA9503C

Rev. Dr Kris Sonek OP
Semester 2, 2020
Monday 10.00am – 1.00pm

This unit is designed to enable students with a background in biblical Hebrew to advance their Hebrew skills through the guided reading of selected Hebrew texts. Passages are chosen from both prose and poetic texts. Attention is given to a detailed morphological and syntactical explanation of the texts as well as text critical problems, including both modern textual criticism and the Masorah. Building on previous study, students will revise and deepen their knowledge of the phonetics, morphology, and syntax of Biblical Hebrew. They will approach texts in a more critical manner, looking for “true variants,” their implication for the text tradition, and their applicability to the exegesis of biblical passages. They will also consolidate their linguistic skills through exercises in intermediate Hebrew prose composition.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 


AL9101C and AL9102C or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester, or in intensive mode


  • ten 15-minute tests (2,500 words) 40%
  • one 15-minute oral presentation (1,000 words) 10%
  • one 2,500-word investigation 30%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%


  • Clines, David J. A., ed. The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. 9 vols. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1993–2016.
  • Gesenius, Wilhelm. Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar. Edited by Emil Kautzsch and Arthur C. Cowley. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 1983.
  • Gibson, John C. L. Davidson’s Introductory Hebrew Grammar-Syntax. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1994.
  • Joüon, Paul. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Translated and revised by Takamitsu Muraoka. 2nd ed. Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 2006.
  • Kittell, Rudolf, Karl Elliger, and Wilhelm Rudolph, eds. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 4th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1990.
  • Lambdin, Thomas O. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1973.
  • Tal, Abraham, ed. Genesis. Biblia Hebraica Quinta 1. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2015.
  • Van der Merwe, Christo H. J., Jackie A. Naudé, and Jan H. Kroeze. A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1999.
  • Waltke, Bruce K., and Michael P. O’Connor. An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1990.
  • Williams, Ronald J. Hebrew Syntax: An Outline. 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.