Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)


Department: Theology and Religion


Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To introduce students to grammar and basical vocabulary of biblical Hebrew.
  • To equip students with skills and knowledge for further study of Hebrew at level 2.
  • To equip students with skills and knowledge ancilliary to other modules which they are taking or will take.


  • Students are taught using a standard textbook of biblical Hebrew. They will be expected to learn vocabulary and grammar in a traditional way, at a pace which the majority of students find comfortable. By building up a strong vocabulary and grammar base, students will soon feel confident with that language and begin study a variety of short texts in the Epiphany term. They will further engage with textual and linguistic issues in selected passages of Hebrew prose.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Basic knowledge of biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and core vocabulary.
  • Competence in the reading of simple biblical Hebrew prose.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • The ability to identify grammatical forms.
  • The ability to translate simple Hebrew texts.
Key Skills:
  • Generic linguistic skills.

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

  • Lectures convey information and exemplify an approach to the subject-matter, enabling students to develop a clear understanding of the subject and to improve their skills in listening and in evaluating information.
  • Collections and language tests permit staff and students to assess progress in learning of the language, and to identify areas for remedial work.
  • Examinations assess subject-specific knowledge and understanding, and in this module especially assess subject skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 66 3 per week 1 hour 66
Preparation and Reading 134
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
one three-hour written unseen examination 100%

Formative Assessment:

Tests of an informal nature

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