The Beginners Biblical Hebrew course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Hebrew. Classes will consist of learning the alphabet, basic vocabulary and grammar, and exercises using common biblical words and verses. There will also be weekly homework reviewed at the start of each class. Beginners Biblical Hebrew Part 1 will run for 10 weeks in Term 1, and will be followed by Beginners Biblical Hebrew Parts 2, 3 and 4.
Classes will be taught over Zoom each Tuesday night, 30 January – 2 April 2024, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (AEST).
Course Outline & Student Outcomes
Beginners Biblical Hebrew Part 1 is the first of an eight-part course series on Biblical Hebrew. It will be followed by Beginners Biblical Hebrew Parts 2, 3 and 4 in 2024, and Intermediate Biblical Hebrew Parts 1 – 4 in 2025. The course is designed for people with limited time to spare for learning a new language, and will focus on teaching students to read Biblical Hebrew as quickly as possible.
The weekly classes will have the following structure: Review homework from previous week, introduce & discuss new material, read aloud in class, and introduce homework for the next week. There will also be periodic revision classes and assessment tasks.
By the end of the course, the student will have gained the following outcomes:
Reading and writing the Alphabet including final forms
Vowels, the Sheva and Syllabification
The Restraining Garment, Dagesh and Gutturals
The Noun and introduction to sentence structure
The Verb in the Perfect Tense
The Definite Article
Date: Each Tuesday night, 30 January – 2 April 2024.
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM (AEST).
Location: Zoom Webinar
Cost: $150 full fare / $120 concession (covers all 10 sessions)
Instructor: Sharon Dingjan
Course Textbook: Simon, E., Motzkin, L. and Resnikoff, I. (2005) The First Hebrew Primer: The adult beginner’s path to biblical Hebrew. Third Edition. Berkeley, California: Publishing, EKS.
● Upon enrolment, the student will receive access to the course page on Moodle, including the zoom link.
● Textbook will need to be purchased separately.
The course will be taught by Sharon Dingjan. Sharon is a native Hebrew speaker who specialises in the languages and history of the Ancient Near East. Sharon holds a BA(Hons) from the University of Melbourne majoring in Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic / Syriac. Her research thesis was on Covenant in Pre-Exilic Prophetic Literature. Sharon has taught Biblical and Modern Hebrew and ANE Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, and privately for many years. Sharon currently works with the ministry of Celebrate Messiah in Melbourne.
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