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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module TMMC1057: Elementary Biblical Hebrew

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC1057: Elementary Biblical Hebrew

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Introduction to Studying the Bible in its Original Languages (TMM1557)


  • To give the students a grounding in biblical Hebrew and a knowledge of the basic tools of translation.
  • To equip students to read closely the biblical text.
  • To equip students with skills and knowledge pertinent to other modules which they are taking or will take as part of their programme of study.


  • Development of competency in elements of the Hebrew language (using standard texts, such as J. Weingreen, T.O. Lambdin, A.B. Davidson, C.L. Seow).
  • Translation of relatively simple Old Testament texts.
  • Introduction of the Old Testament text in Hebrew, in addition to the study of Hebrew vocabulary, morphology and syntax.
  • A study of the accuracy and significance of published English translations of the Hebrew text.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Know basic grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Translate relatively simple portions of biblical Hebrew. • Identify basic grammatical constructions.
Key Skills:
  • Use generic linguistic skills.
  • Identify, gather and evaluate source materials for a specific purpose.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching methods to be specified by each TEI, selecting from the following:
  • Lectures provide content, a conceptual framework and a survey of approaches within a subject area that enable students to locate their learning in a wider context, to make connections with other disciplines, and to evaluate and apply their learning to different contexts.
  • Practical classes enable students to practice their linguistics skills and to learn from the feedback of teachers and peers.
  • Programmed online learning materials guide students through knowledge content, its wider framework and different approaches to its application.
  • See below for assessment methods.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Language Classes 16 1.6 25
Personal Study 75
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Language Test Component Weighting: 30%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Language Test 30 minutes 100%
Component: Language Test Component Weighting: 70%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Language Test 1 hour 100%

Formative Assessment:

Weekly vocabulary tests and translation exercises may be set.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University