Hebrew Exegesis I
Course code: HBRW 600

Hebrew Exegesis I introduces Hebrew syntax and leads students in exegetical analysis of specified passages from the Hebrew Bible.

Intended Outcomes

  • Knowledge of
    • The key elements of Hebrew syntax as they relate to exegesis.
    • A twelve-step exegetical method for understanding and applying OT Hebrew texts.
    • A basic familiarity with BHS and BHQ, the standard critical Hebrew Bibles.
    • An understanding of the biblical, systematic, and practical theological implications of Jonah, Genesis 1, Deut. 6, 8, Psalms 1-2, and Proverbs 3.
    • Glosses for all Hebrew words that occur over 100x in the Hebrew Bible.
  • Appreciation for
    • Added value that a knowledge of Hebrew adds to OT exegesis.
    • Both the positive and negative roles that Hebrew grammar plays in translation and exegesis of OT texts.
    • Exegetical method above exegetical conclusions.
    • The value of literary analytical tools for developing a biblical theological understanding of Hebrew narrative.
    • The confirmatory value of discourse analysis tools in identifying text types, text boundaries, and theological emphases.
  • Ability to
    • Parse Hebrew verbs and distinguish verb senses based on their stem.
    • Apply the twelve step exegetical method in the production of an exegetical paper or an expository sermon.
    • Articulate how use of Hebrew contributes to the exegetical process.
    • Use the critical apparati of BHS and BHQ.
    • Make better use of Hebrew grammar for translation, translation evaluation, word study, and exegetical analysis.

Assignment Overview

  • Students will use a standard critical Hebrew text to translate and analyze Hebrew text from the Old Testament.
  • Students will write two exegetical papers, approximately 10-12 pages each.


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