SYLLABUS
HEBREW 101-102
: Old Testament Grammar and Readings, fall 2002 – spring 2003. RJDKnauth
Office D-320, tel: 321-4298(GAYT), home: 326-3822, Email: knauth@lycoming.edu
Class time: MW
F 3:15-4:20 pm, C-300. Optional study lab MWF 4:20-5:15 pm. Tutor Jenn Hochman.

An introduction to the ancient Hebrew language - its grammar, basic vocabulary, and research tools - enabling  students to begin to read the Hebrew Bible in its original language with the appropriate tools.  We will also be reading significant selections from the Hebrew Bible and discussing them from an exegetical standpoint.

Textbook: Kittel, Biblical Hebrew (available with audio cassette and answer key)

Other useful tools you might consider buying for future reference *(also available in the library):
                       Biblia Hebraica (standard edition of the Old Testament, in Hebrew)*
                      
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon (standard Hebrew dictionary)*
                        Armstrong-Busby-Carr Reader’s Lexicon*
                        NIV Interlinear Old Testament or Hendrickson’s Interlinear Bible
                        Englishman’s Hebrew Concordance*
                        Strong's Concordance (or other English concordance coded with Strong's numbers)*
                        BibleWorks software
                        Vid-Ed Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary Cards
                        Mitchel, A Student's Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic


 Course Requirements (each semester):

1)       Attendance and Participation, assignments having been completed: 20% of final grade.
The lesson for that day should be prepared in advance, and will be checked for completion.

2)       Twice-Weekly Quizzes (vocabulary quizzes at the beginning of class on Fridays covering the vocabulary assigned for that week, and grammar quizzes on Mondays covering the grammar from the previous week).  Of 32 quizzes in the fall semester, the lowest two scores will be dropped from the average: worth 30% of the final grade.

3)       Midterm Exam (Friday of week 7): 20% of final grade.

4)       Final Exam - cumulative, but with emphasis on 2nd half: 30% of final grade.


Schedule of Classes, fall 2002:

Week 1:  The Writing System, Lesson 1, "Particles." Learn the Alphabet!
M (8/26): The Alphabet
W (8/28): Vowels and vocalization.  Practice Exercise 1.  
 F   (8/30): Quiz 1 on Alphabet (+ vowels).   Lesson 1 (prepare in advance).
L
earn Particles 1-10 (text p. 410). Begin to learn Vocabulary 1-20.

Week 2:  Lessons 2-4. Review and Drill 1.
M (9/2): Quiz 2 on Lesson 1 and Particles.  Lesson 2 (prepare in advance).
W (9/4): Lesson 3 (prepare in advance)
 F  (9/6): Quiz 3 on Vocab 1-20.  Lesson 4 (prepare in advance)
Learn Vocabulary 21-50. 

Week 3: Review and Drill 1. Lessons 5-7.
M (9/9): Review and Drill 1 (prepare in advance). Quiz 4 on Lessons 2-4. 
W (9/11): Lessons 5 and 6 (prepare in advance)
 F  (9/13): Quiz 5 on Vocab 21-50.  Lesson 7 (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 51-75.

Week 4: Review and Drill 2. Lessons 8-10.
M (9/16): Review and Drill 2 (prepare in advance). Quiz 6 on Lessons 5-7.
W (9/18): Lessons 8 and 9 (prepare in advance).  
 F  (9/20): Quiz 7 on Vocab 51-75. Lesson 10 (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 76-100.

Week 5: Review and Drill 3. Lessons 11-12.  
M (9/23): Review and Drill 3 (prepare in advance). Quiz 8 on Lessons 8-10.
W (9/25): Lesson 11 (prepare in advance).  
 F  (9/27): Quiz 9 on Vocab 76-100.  Lesson 12 (prepare in advance).   
Learn
Vocabulary 101-125.

Week 6: Review and Drill 4. “The Verb.” Lesson 13 on Qal Affix (incl. Reading Gen 22:1-2).
M (9/30): Review and Drill 4 (prepare in advance). Quiz 10 on Lessons 11-12. 
W (10/2): “The Verb” (prepare in advance)
 F  (10/4): Quiz 11 on Vocab 101-125. Lesson 13 - Qal Affix (prepare in advance).  
Review Vocabulary 1-125.

Week 7: Lesson 14 on Qal Prefix (incl. Reading), Review.
M (10/7): Quiz 12 on “The Verb” plus Lesson 13.  Lesson 14 - Qal Prefix (prepare in advance).
W (10/9): Quiz 13 on Lesson 14. Review Verbal System.
 F  (10/11): Double Quiz 14/15 on Vocab 1-125. Review Lessons 1-14 for Midterm.
Review Lessons 1-14 and Vocabulary 1-125 for Midterm Exam.

Week 8: Midterm Exam, Lesson 15 on Piel (incl. Readings).
M (10/14): Midterm Exam on Lessons 1-14.
W (10/16): Lesson 15 - Piel (prepare in advance).
 F  (10/18): Long Weekend - NO CLASS.
Learn Vocabulary 125-150.

Week 9: Lessons 16-17 on 1st Nun and 1st Yod (incl. Readings).
M (10/21): Quiz 16 on Lesson 15. Go over Midterm Exam.  
W (10/23): Lesson 16 on 1st Nun Verbs (prepare in advance).
 F  (10/25): Quiz 17 on Vocab 125-150. Lesson 17 on 1st Yod Verbs (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 151-175.

Week 10: Lessons 18-20 on Imperatives (incl. Readings).
M (10/28): Quiz 18 on Lessons 16-17. Lesson 18 (prepare in advance).
W (10/30): Lesson 19 (prepare in advance).
 F  (11/1): Quiz 19 on Vocab 151-175. Lesson 20 (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 176-200.

Week 11: Lessons 21-23 (incl. Readings).
M (11/4): Quiz 20 on Lessons 18-20.  Lesson 21 (prepare in advance). 
W (11/6): Lesson 22 (prepare in advance).
 F  (11/8): Quiz 21 on Vocab 176-200. Lesson 23 (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 201-225.

Week 12: Lesson 24 on Participles, “The Noun,” Lesson 25 on Infinitives (incl. Readings).
M (11/11): Quiz 22 on Lessons 21-23.  Lesson 24 on Participles (prepare in advance). 
W (11/13): “The Noun” (prepare in advance).
 F  (11/15): Quiz 23 on Vocab 201-225. Lesson 25 on Infinitives (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 226-250. 

Week 13: Lessons 26-27 on 3rd He, Hollow Verbs (incl. Readings). Research Tools, Library Session.
M (11/18): Quiz 24 on Lessons 24-25 and “The Noun.” Lesson 26 on 3rd He Verbs (prepare in advance).
W (11/20): Lesson 27 on Hollow Verbs (prepare in advance).  Hebrew Research Tools.
 F (11/22): Meet in Library! Quiz 25 on Vocab 226-250.  Hebrew Research Exercise. 
Library Session: Intro to Hebrew Library References with Reference Librarian Cate Savidge.
Invitation to attend Shabbat Service at Ohev Shalom Synagogue with Cate.
Review Vocabulary 1-250.

Week 14: Vocabulary Drill and Thanksgiving!
M (11/25): Quiz 26 on Lessons 26-27. Group Vocabulary Drill Session. Drill Vocabulary 1-250.
W (11/27), F (11/29): School closed for Thanksgiving Holiday. 
Review Vocabulary 1-250.

Week 15: Review Week for Final Exam.
M (12/2): Double Quiz 27/28 on Vocab 126-250. Review Verbal System.
W (12/4): Double Quiz 29/30 on Vocab 1-125. Review Nouns, etc. 
 F  (12/6): Double Quiz 31/32 on Vocab 1-250. Review for Final Exam on Lessons 1-27.

Final Exam to follow during Exam Period (Dec. 9-13).


A note on attendance and workload:  As with any introductory language class, this course will be work intensive and cumulative.  Thus, regular attendance and keeping up with assignments and vocabulary will be crucial to your success.  In general, you will be called upon to memorize 25 new vocabulary words per week plus new grammar, in addition to the effort involved in preparing daily assignments and keeping up old vocabulary.  Our goal will be to cover all the basic grammar and master a vocabulary of 415 words over the course of the 2 semesters, that is all the words in the Hebrew Bible with 100 or more occurrences.  This basic grammar and vocabulary will allow you to read most biblical prose with the assistance of a “Reader’s Lexicon.”  My best advice for keeping up with this work is to schedule out for yourself 30 minutes each day  just to work on vocabulary (I have found that flashcards work best for this), plus 1 hour to prepare for each class period (preparing the lesson for that day), and 2 extra hours per week specifically to study for the quizzes each Monday and Friday.  That is a total of just under 9 hours of study time per week for this course – 3 hours of preparation for each hour in class.  If you do this consistently through the year then you will certainly do well in this course (no doubt the same strategy would also work well in all your other courses too).  For greatest efficiency, your daily half-hour with vocabulary flashcards can be time otherwise wasted: standing in lines, in between classes, waiting for someone, riding in the car, etc.  Carry them around with you and use them at every opportunity!  If you find that by your scheduled time of the day you have already accomplished your task, then you can spend that time doing something else!   To help you in your task, I will be available for an hour after each class period (MWF 4:20-5:15pm) to help you in preparing for the next class.  If you schedule in your preparation time then, I can help you with any questions you may have, and you may also benefit from the presence and support of your classmates.  You could also use this time between class and dinner to drill each other on vocabulary.  Again, if you develop a regular routine of this sort, you are much more likely to keep up and succeed in the course.  

Our top student will be eligible for the Ed Guerra Prize in Biblical Languages.  Good luck!


HEBREW 102: Old Testament Grammar & Readings, spring 2003.  Syllabus.  RJDKnauth

Tentative Schedule of Classes, spring 2003:

Week 1:  Lessons 28-30 on Hifil Affix and Imperative (regular, hollow). Review Vocab 1-250. 
M (1/13): Quiz 1 on Vocab 1-125.  Review grammar and final exam from fall.
W (1/15): Lessons 28-29 on Hifil Affix. 
 F  (1/17): Quiz 2 on Vocab 126-250. Lesson 30 on Hifil Imperative.

Week 2:  Lessons 31-33 Piel & Hifil participles, Hifil prefix (regular, 1-yod), infinitive. Vocab 251-275.
M (1/20): Quiz 3 on Lessons 28-30. Lesson 31 on Hifil 1st-yod.
W (1/22): Lesson 32 on Hifil prefix form.
 F  (1/24): Quiz 4 on Vocab 251-275. Lesson 33 on Hifil prefix 1st-yod, participle.

Week 3:  Lessons 34-35 and Hifil Review.  Learn Vocab 276-300.
M (1/27): Quiz 5 on Lessons 31-33. Lesson 34.
W (1/29): Review the Hifil stem. 
 F  (1/31): Quiz 6 on Vocab 276-300. Lesson 35 on Infinitive + Preposition construction.

Week 4:  Lessons 36-38. Review Vocab 251-300.
M (2/3): Quiz 7 on Lessons 34-35, Hifil. Lesson 36.
W (2/5): Lesson 37.
 F  (2/7): Quiz 8 on Vocab 251-300. Lesson 38 on Suffixes.

Week 5:  Lessons 39-41. Learn Vocab 301-325.
M (2/10): Quiz 9 on Lessons 36-38.  Lesson 39 on Idioms.
W (2/12): Lesson 40 on Infinitive Absolute.
 F  (2/14): Quiz 10 on Vocab 301-325. Lesson 41 on Cohortative.

Week 6:  Lessons 42-44. Learn Vocab 326-350.
M (2/17): Quiz 11 on Lessons 39-41. Lesson 42 on Jussive, Qal Passive.
W (2/19): Lesson 43 on Hishtafel.
 F  (2/21): Quiz 12 on Vocab 326-350. Lesson 44 on Hofal. 

Week 7:  Review and Midterm. Review Vocab 251-350.
M (2/24): Quiz 13 on Lessons 42-44. Reading & Exercises wrap-up.
W (2/26): Double Quiz 14/15 on Vocab 251-350. Review Lessons 28-44 for Midterm. 
 F  (2/28): Midterm Exam through Lesson 44.  Expect some translation!

SPRING BREAK!  March 1-9.  Review Vocab 1-350.

Week 8:  Review. Lesson 45 on Pual. Research and Reading Tools. Learn Vocab 351-375.
M (3/10): Quiz 16 on Vocab 1-350. Go over Midterm Exam. Grammar Review.
W (3/12): Lesson 45 on Pual. Grammar Review.
 F  (3/14): Quiz 17 on Vocab 351-375. Research Tools, Reading Strategies, "Reading Log."

Week 9:  Lessons 46-48 on Nifal.  Learn Vocab 376-400.
M (3/17): Quiz 18 on Lesson 45. Lesson 46.
W (3/19): Lesson 47.
 F  (3/21): Quiz 19 on Vocab 376-400. Lesson 48.

Week 10: Lessons 49-50, Review and Drill 5. Learn Vocab 401-415.  
M (3/24): Quiz 20 on Lessons 46-48. Lesson 49.
W (3/26): Lesson 50.
 F  (3/28): Quiz 21 on Vocab 401-415. Review and Drill 5. Review Nifal. Hand out research ass't.

Week 11: Lesson 51 on Geminates.  Research.  Review Vocab 1-125 + Particles.
M (3/31): Quiz 22 on Lessons 49-50.  Using Concordances. Use of language in "exegesis" (examples). 
W (4/2): Lesson 51 on Geminates.
 F  (4/4): Quiz 23 on Vocab 1-125.  Research ass't due, discuss results. 

Week 12: Lessons 52-53 on Hithpael.  Review Vocab 126-250.
M (4/7): Quiz 24 on Lesson 51. Lesson 52. 
W (4/9): Quiz 25 on Vocab 126-250. Lesson 53.
 F  (4/11): Quiz 26 on Vocab 1-250.  Reading catch-up.

Week 13: Lessons 54-55 on Numbers and Poetry.  Review Vocab 251-350. 
M (4/14): Quiz 27 on Lessons 52-53.  Lesson 54 on Numbers.
W (4/16): Quiz 28 on Vocab 251-350. Discuss Lesson 55 (read in advance).
 F  (4/18): Good Friday - NO CLASS.

Week 14: Review for Final. Review Vocab 251-415.
M (4/21): Quiz 29 on Lesson 54.  Grammar Review.
W (4/23): Quiz 30 on Vocab 351-415.  Verb forms overview.
 F  (4/25): Double Quiz 31/32 on Vocab 251-415.  Review for Final Exam.   

Final Exam to follow during Exam Period (4/28 – 5/2).  Good luck!


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