Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
• Da’at (Theoria): basic knowledge of the grammatical structure of Biblical Hebrew
• Binah (Praxis): ability to read and comprehend Biblical Hebrew
• Chochma (Poiesis): practical exegesis of Biblical Hebrew texts and idioms therein
Required Course Texts & Course Materials
Ross, Allen P. Introducing Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2001. ISBN 978-0-8010-2147-2. (This textbook will serve you for Biblical Hebrew I and Biblical Hebrew II.)
Holladay, William L. A Concise Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament based upon the Lexical Work of Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1988. ISBN 978-0-8028-3413-3.
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Codex Leningradensis) in any format EXCEPT interlinear.
There are some adjustments to be made to the course syllabus. The sections titled Course Requirements and Assignments and Course Grading and Policies Points should be disregarded as published and replaced with the following:
Course Requirements and Assignments
- Textbook readings
- Homework Exercises
- Essays (2) and Capstone Project (1)
- Midterm Examination and 5 quizzes
Course Grading and Policies Points
The grade for Bibilical Hebrew I will be based on the following:
- Quizzes (5 at 30 pts each) 150
- Essays (2 at 100 pts each) 200
- Homework Exercises 200
- Midterm Examination 200
- Capstone Project 250
- Total 1000
Discussion Board: There will not be a Discussion Board or assignments relating to such, but please feel free to post questions or observations to the Comments section of the modules to which your feedback relates.
Quizzes: Though 5 quizzes are factored into the point scale, 8 appear in the schedule and course materials. This is by design. You are only required to take 5 of the 8 quizzes.
Extra Credit: If you take more than 5 quizzes, the points you earn from the extra quizzes will count as extra credit, so you could potentially earn up to 90 extra points for the course. If you only take 5 of the 8, you have met the requirement and will not be penalized. Look for a second extra credit opportunity in Module 4.
The tools used in MJR's courses were selected because they hold particular value in communicating the concepts being studied in a given course. Some may not be specifically targeted to a Messianic audience, but may still contain information that would be advantageous to the Messianic talmid/ah. Others may reflect in places terminology that has fallen into disuse, but does not diminish the value of the information conveyed. As with everything that is not the Bible itself, read them with discernment.
We do not expect students to agree with everything presented in any course, whether via lecture, assigned reading, or video presentation. As participants in higher education, students enrolled in MJR's courses and/or programs should be practicing critical thinking and discernment every step of the journey. To that end, your faculty recites this blessing along with each of you:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך–הָעולָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְותָיווְצִוָּנוּ לַעֲסק בְּדִבְרֵי-תורָה
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la’asok b’divrei Torah.
Blessed are You, O L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to study the words of Torah.
NOTA BENE: While it is the general practice and preference of MJR to use circumlocutions in place of the Covenant Name of our G-d (Hashem, Adonai, Elohim, Elokim, Adoshem, etc.), some course materials (e.g. textbooks, linked websites, journal articles, etc.) may not always do this.
This course works primarily from Allen P. Ross's grammar, supplemented by videos from Prof. Charles Grebe, M.A.T.S. In order to complete the homework, it will be necessary to obtain a Hebrew font. There are some available for free:
Either of these will suffice, allowing for typing of both consonants and nikkudot (vowel points). The limitations on these are that trope symbols are not included, nor is right-to-left typing, so you will need to type backwards. You will get used to this in time, though.
Student Homework Policy Statement
Messianic Jewish Rabbinate (MJR) syllabi contain assignments in alignment with the federal government’s definition of appropriate assigned homework for each unit hour. For each hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction, up to two hours of out of class student work will be assigned. (For example, a 3 credit hour course will include an average of 6 hours of homework each week for 12 weeks). Assignments are directly relevant to course objectives and learning outcomes and are included at the end of the syllabi. Each assignment will be graded and recorded by the instructor.