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TM110 Reading First Testament Hebrew

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Intro to First Testament Hebrew Resources Addition Form
Contributions to this page
Much of the First Testament was written in the ancient languages of Hebrew and Aramaic. The language was revived and modernised in the nineteenth century to create Modern Hebrew. Modern Hebrew bears much resemblance at the semantic level to ancient Hebrew but uses a more cursive script that is easier to produce. Of course, as a new living language, it is in a constant state of flux and therefore moving further from the ancient language. This module gives an introduction to First Testament Hebrew, its basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary. It discusses issues in translation and enables students to use reference material to help translate First Testament passages.For those who don't wish to undertake formal study, the first 8 weeks are accessible to everyone as a "Hebrew is Fun" course.

Reading First Testament Hebrew

Welcome to the TM110 Reading First Testament Hebrew web page. This page is designed to provide useful resources for those studying or about to study TM110 with WEMTC. If you have found useful resources or have questions you would like ask, please do contribute. Please note this module has not yet been run and will only be run upon sufficient demand and the availablity of a tutor. Please ask if you would like to do this module

What is this Module all about?

TM110 is a general Introduction to First Testament Hebrew. It is not available every year or at every Centre, but can be run on request. The class is taught at University Level One. This Module begins with an eight hour Hebrew familiarisation course, which primarily involves getting to grips with the Hebrew alphabet and the types of resource material that aid translation. This portion of the module is open to people who may not wish to continue with Hebrew. After the eight hours a more systematic grammar and syntax course commences. Exercises will be rooted in real verses from the First Testament. Click here for:

Useful resources for TM110


Books

The following are core books for this subject:
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TM110 Hebrew Web Resources

You may find the following web sites helpful when studying New Testament Koine Greek. Material on the net has no quality control making tutors very wary - and rightly so! Nevertheless there is a growing amount of first class academic work on line particularly coming from Religious Studies Departments of good Universities. Treat with care and you'll find it very useful for essays.

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Learn Hebrew Online

Ancient Hebrew Research Centre
An online learn Hebrew site with fonts, alphabets and step by step instructions - even an audio addition for those who own RealPlayer.
Biblica Hebraica
31 lessons on learning Hebrew to be used in conjunction with Kelley's Biblical Hebrew: An Introduction.
Foundation Stone
An online or downloadable Hebrew Tutor from a Jewish site 17 lessons plus audio option.

Grammar and Academic Details of the Language

Ethnologue
SIL's website detailing all known languages. It contains links to many articles of a high level nature on Hebrew grammar, syntax etc as well as First Testament papers written by SIL members.
Word Studies
By Dr. Allen P. Ross at Beeson Divinity School. A guide to Hebrew language resources and research methods to enable you to do your own word studies while avoiding some of the traps.
Hebrew/ English Grammar
By Dr. Allen P. Ross at Beeson Divinity School. A guide to the basics of Hebrew Grammar in relation to English grammar.
Richter's Hebrew Vowels
A paper for beginners that explains the Hebrew vowel system as devised by the Masoretes.

Textual Criticism and Hebrew Manuscripts

The Bible Researcher
A site for Bible students who are looking for detailed information on the history of the canon, texts, and versions of Scripture.

Downloadable Hebrew Fonts

Ezra SIL Fonts
A high quality Unicode Hebrew font with vowels - one of the standard Hebrew fonts. This only works with Windows XP and MS Office 2003 or other Unicode word processor.
SIL Fonts
A high quality Hebrew font with vowels. This is non-unicode and should be used by those with systems prior to Windows XP or Office 2003. If you can use Unicode fonts use EzraSIL above.
SBLFonts
Another source of high quality fonts is the Society for Biblical Literature fonts.

History of the Hebrew Alphabet and Language

Hebrew Alphabet
A nice introduction to the Hebrew Alphabet
Ancient Scripts
A nice web site by an amateur enthusiast for ancient writing scripts and their origins
Ancient Hebrew Research Centre
Various pages on the development of the Hebrew Alphabet.
See the general religion links as a starting point for your own searching

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The Student Spot

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Module Description for TM110


Code and title

TM110 Reading First Testament Hebrew

Tutor

Elizabeth Harper

Brief description

This module gives an introduction to First Testament Hebrew, its basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary. It discusses issues in translation and enables students to use reference material to help translate First Testament passages.

Level and Credits

Level I       15 credits

Status

Optional

Type

Standard

Prerequisites

Nil

Recommended prior study*

TM102.5 Introduction to the First Testament

Restrictions*

Nil

Content summary

This course will cover:

Learning outcomes

By the end of this half-module students should:
  1. Knowledge and Understanding
  2. Skills

Teaching and learning

120 hours personal study

Assessment

Two one-hour unseen tests (40% each)
Two prepared translations (10% each)

Indicative resources


Resources Addition Form

Unfortunately we have had to disable the online contribution form as it has been targeted by spammers who have filled the mail box with contributions mainly to do with online gambling. We still want your contribution so please send a separate email to us (webmaster @ the wemtc address) with your request giving the details set out below. All longer contributions should be scanned for viruses and emailed as an attachment in rtf format. Don't forget to tell us what Module this is a contribution to!

Contribution to the TM110 Page

Unfortunately we have had to disable the online contribution form as it has been targeted by spammers who have filled the mail box with contributions mainly to do with online gambling. We still want your contribution so please send a separate email to us (webmaster @ the wemtc address) with your request giving the details set out below. All longer contributions should be scanned for viruses and emailed as an attachment in rtf format. Don't forget to tell us what Module this is a contribution to!



Resources Last updated: 23 November 2006 at 9:48am Copyright 2008 E. Harper and W. McDougall
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