Hebrew Reading B

crosslisted as BA2503C/3503C

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 morphological and syntactical explanation of the texts. Building on previous study, students will revise and deepen their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and textual criticism. They will also learn the basics of Hebrew prose composition to consolidate their linguistic skills. 

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 


AL1101C and AL1102C or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


second level
  • ten 15-minute tests (2,500 words) 50%
  • one 2-hour written examination (2,000 words) 50%
third level
  • ten 15-minute tests (2,500 words) 40%
  • one 2-hour written examination (2,000 words) 60% 


  • Clines, David J. A., ed. The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. 9 vols. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993–2016.
  • Gesenius, Wilhelm. Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar. Edited by Emil Kautzsch and Arthur C. Crowley. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 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.