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A8530 Introduction to Biblical Languages

  • Unit Code & NameA8530 Introduction to Biblical Languages
  • DescriptionThis postgraduate unit gives an introduction to biblical Hebrew and Greek that will equip students to use various grammatical and lexical tools without requiring an in-depth knowledge of the original languages.

    Students will learn how the original languages work and how to apply this knowledge in analysing the Biblical text in English. The unit includes basic exegesis from Old Testament and New Testament books.
  • DisciplineBiblical Studies
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Semester3, 2017
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • DateLive online tutorials:
    Orientation Session - Monday, 28 August
    Hebrew Facilitation - Mondays 4 & 18 September
    Exegesis Session - Monday 2 October
    Greek Facilitation - Thursdays 9 & 23 October
    Live participation is encouraged for all sessions held at AEST 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
  • Lecturer(s) Dr Arseny Ermakov | Erik Lennestaal
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning ActivitiesSeminars, tutorials, lectures, student presentations
  • AssessmentsHebrew tests, Greek tests, word study, exegetical essay
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Recognise the alphabet and language structure of biblical Hebrew and Greek
    2. Understand the nuances of the grammatical structures of the biblical languages
    3. Evaluate English language translations in the light of the various language tools studied
    4. Competently utilise an English language translation and various grammatical/lexical tools in exegesis
    5. Apply the results of their study to enrich Christian life and ministry
  • Text BooksCook, John A. and Holmstedt, Robert D. Beginning Biblical Hebrew. A Grammar and Illustrated Reader. Baker Academic, 2013.

    Mounce, William D. Greek for the Rest of Us: Mastering Bible Study without Mastering Biblical Languages. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.

    Mounce, William D. Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.