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Required Texts 1. Seow, C.L. A Grammar For Biblical Hebrew. Rev. Ed. (Nashville: Abingdon, 1995). Along with class lectures, you will be asked to read selected portions and complete selected exercises. 2. Brown, Francis, S. R. Driver, and Charles A. Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Oxford: Oxford, 1907; reprint, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1979. Even though this dictionary or lexicon was published around the beginning of this century, it still provides a wealth of information per the expense. You will probably agree its format needs revising. We will learn how to use BDB throughout the course. I have designed worksheets to accomplish this task. 3. Elliger, K., and W. Rudolph. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1967-77. Referred to as BHS, this is the Hebrew Bible reproduced from the oldest complete manuscript of the Old Testament, Codex Leningradensis (ca. 1008 A.D.), without significant alteration. 4. Chisholm, Robert. From Exegesis to Exposition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998. This book is designed to assist a person determine the significance of the Hebrew text and to craft a way to communicate its significance for ministry. We will read the portions of the book that relate to word study methodology, syntactical issues, and the narrative/poetry issues of the Hebrew Bible. 5. BibleWorks 4.0 Hermenuetika, Big Fork, MT. This software program will assist us in spotting grammatical forms of Hebrew words (also called parsing) which we could not otherwise understand and provides an abridged Hebrew dictionary (Brown, Driver, and Briggs) for quick reference. It is also a powerful tool for doing Hebrew word studies functioning as a concordance to find all usages of a word and providing a quick and easy way to see how the recurrence of a word functions in context. *WARNING: BWs is a tool for ministry, but if your desire is to take additional Hebrew based courses take some precautionary measures in using this resource. Always try to push yourself to parse and translate as much Hebrew as possible before going to BWs for parsing help.

Publication Date

January 2000


Asbury Theological Seminary


Testament, Kentucky, July, Old, Language, OT501, Hebrew



OT 501 Concise Hebrew (and Comprehensive Hebrew I)