SYLLABUS
HEBREW 101-102
: Old Testament Grammar and Readings, fall 2008 – spring 2009. RJDKnauth
Office D-320, Email: knauth@lycoming.edu, tel: 321-4298(gayt), home: 326-3822(dan-dubb).            
Class time: A section - MWF 2:00 - 3:05 pm, D-302.*
                   B section - MWF 3:15 - 4:20 pm, D-302.*
    *These times are for HEBR 101 (fall only).  For HEBR 102 (spring), scroll down!
Teknia Hebrew Vocabulary Drill Program set up in Computer Labs B-200, B-201, Language Lab
(also downloadable for free to your home computer from the Resources for Biblical Languages page).
Hebrew Table in back of Cafeteria (Friday lunch – 11:45-12:30)?
Professor office hours T/Th 9:30-11:00 am, 1:30-2:30 pm.
Group Tutoring Sessions: TBA (individual tutoring also available by appointment)
Tutors: Britta Spaulding, Matthew Martin.

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

Textbook:       Kittel, Biblical Hebrew (available with audio cassette, workbook and answer key)
Please also bring a small 3-ring binder with paper for assignments and translations, which will be collected and returned on an irregular basis.

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 (fall semester):
1)       Attendance and Participation in class, assignments having been completed,
plus vocabulary drill in computer lab and tutoring sessions: 20% of final grade.
The lesson for each day should be prepared in advance, and will be spot-checked for completion.
2)   Collected/Graded Assignments (10 chosen randomly through semester): 10 % of grade.
Recommend 6 drill sessions (20 min. each) per week (= 2 hrs), plus Tutoring session(s).
3)      Weekly Vocabulary Quizzes (beginning of class on Fridays, covering vocabulary assigned for that week).  16 quizzes worth 15% of the final grade (lowest quiz score will be dropped).
4)       Weekly Grammar Quizzes (on Mondays, covering the grammar from the previous week). 
   15 quizzes worth 15% of the final grade.
5)       Midterm Exam (Monday of week 8): 15% of final grade.
6)       Final Exam – cumulative, but with emphasis on 2nd half: 25% of final grade.


Schedule of Classes, fall 2008:

Week 1:  The Writing System, Lesson 1, "Particles." Learn the Alphabet!
M (8/25): The Alphabet
W (8/27): Vowels and vocalization.  Practice Exercise 1.  
 F  (8/29): Vocab Quiz 1 on Alphabet (+ vowels).   Lesson 1 (prepare in advance).
Computer Lab Session (B-200/1) to introduce Hebrew vocabulary drilling program.
Learn Particles a-h (text p. 387). Learn Vocabulary 1-30.

Week 2:  Lessons 2-4. Review and Drill 1.
M (9/1): Grammar Quiz 1 on Lesson 1 and Particles a-h.  Lesson 2 (prepare in advance).
W (9/3): Lesson 3 (prepare in advance).  Computer Lab experimental session.
 F (9/5): Vocab Quiz 2 on Vocab 1-25.  Lesson 4 (prepare in advance)
Learn Vocabulary 31-60. 

Week 3: Review and Drill 1. Lessons 5-7.
M (9/8): Review and Drill 1 (prepare in advance). Grammar Quiz 2 on Lessons 2-4.
W (9/10): Lessons 5 and 6 (prepare in advance)
 F  (9/12): Vocab Quiz 3 on Vocab 26-50.  Lesson 7 (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 61-90.

Week 4: Review and Drill 2. Lessons 8-10.
M (9/15): Review and Drill 2 (prepare in advance). GQ 3 on Lessons 5-7.
W (9/17): Lessons 8 and 9 (prepare in advance)
 F  (9/19): VQ 4 on Vocab 51-75. Lesson 10 (prepare in advance)
Review Vocabulary 61-90.  Learn Vocabulary 91-110. 

Week 5: Review and Drill 3. Lessons 11-12.  
M (9/22): Review and Drill 3 (prepare in advance). GQ 4 on Lessons 8-10.
W (9/24): Lesson 11 (prepare in advance)
 F  (9/26): VQ 5 on Vocab 76-100.  Lesson 12 (prepare in advance).  
Review Vocabulary 31-60, 91-110.  Learn Vocabulary 111-120. 

Week 6: Review and Drill 4. “The Verb.” Lesson 13 on Qal Affix (incl. Reading Gen 22:1-2).
M (9/29): Review and Drill 4 (prepare in advance). GQ 5 on Lessons 11-12. Rosh Hashanah.
W (10/1): “The Verb” (prepare in advance)
 F  (10/3): VQ 6 on Vocab 101-120. Lesson 13 - Qal Affix (prepare in advance)
Review Vocabulary 1-120.

Week 7: Lesson 14 on Qal Prefix (incl. Reading), Review.
M (10/6): GQ 6/7 on “The Verb” plus Lesson 13.  Lesson 14 - Qal Prefix (prepare in advance).
W (10/8): GQ 8 on Lesson 14. Review Verbal System. Yom Kippur.
 F  (10/10): VQ 7 on Vocab 1-120. Review Lessons 1-14 for Midterm.
Review Lessons 1-14 and Vocabulary 1-120 for Midterm Exam.

Week 8: Midterm Exam, Lesson 15 on Piel (incl. Readings).
M (10/13): Midterm Exam on Lessons 1-14.
W (10/15): Lesson 15 - Piel (prepare in advance).
 F  (10/17): VQ 8 on Vocab 1-120. Lesson 16 on 1st Nun Verbs (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 121-140.

Week 9: Lessons 16-17 on 1st Nun and 1st Yod (incl. Readings).
M (10/20): GQ 9 on Lesson 15 + 16.  Lesson 17 on 1st Yod Verbs (prepare in advance).
W (10/22): Lesson 18 (prepare in advance).
 F  (10/24): VQ 9 on Vocab 121-140.  Review/Catch-up.
Learn Vocabulary 141-150.

Week 10: Lessons 18-20 on Imperatives (incl. Readings).
M (10/27): GQ 10 on Lessons 17 + 18.  Lesson 19 (prepare in advance).
W (10/29): VQ 10 on Vocab 141-150.  Lesson 20 (prepare in advance).
 F  (10/31):   Long Weekend - NO CLASS.
Learn Vocabulary 151-160.

Week 11: Lessons 21-23 (incl. Readings).
M (11/3): GQ 11 on Lessons 19-20.  Lesson 21 (prepare in advance).
W (11/5): Lesson 22 (prepare in advance).
 F  (11/7): VQ 11 on Vocab 151-160. Lesson 23 (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 161-175.

Week 12: Lesson 24 on Participles, “The Noun,” Lesson 25 on Infinitives (incl. Readings).
M (11/10): GQ 12 on Lessons 21-23.  Lesson 24 on Participles (prepare in advance).
W (11/12): “The Noun” (prepare in advance).
 F  (11/14): VQ 12 on Vocab 161-175. Lesson 25 on Infinitives (prepare in advance).
Learn Vocabulary 176-185. 

Week 13: Lessons 26-27 on 3rd He, Hollow Verbs (incl. Readings). Research Tools, Library.
M (11/17): GQ 13/14 on Lessons 24-25, “The Noun.”  Lesson 26 on 3rd He Verbs (prepare in advance).
W (11/19): Review & Drill 5.  Lesson 27 on Hollow Verbs (prepare in advance). Hebrew research tools.
 F  (11/21): Meet in Library! VQ 13 on Vocab 176-185.  Hebrew Research Exercise.
Library Session: Intro to Hebrew Library References with Reference Librarian.
Review Vocabulary 1-185. 

Week 14: Vocabulary Drill and Thanksgiving!
M (11/24): GQ 15 on Lessons 26-27.  Drill Vocabulary 1-185.
W (11/26), F (11/28): School closed for Thanksgiving Holiday. 
Review Vocabulary 1-185.

Week 15: Review Week for Final Exam.
M (12/1): VQ 14 on Vocab 1-185. Review Verbal System.
W (12/3): VQ 15 on Vocab 1-120. Review Nouns, etc. 
 F  (12/5): VQ 16 on Vocab 121-185. Review for Final Exam on Lessons 1-27.
Final Exam to follow during Exam Period (Dec. 8-12).


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 310 roots and their derivative words over the course of the 2 semesters, which are 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.  We have set up computer labs B-200 and B-201 (as well as the computer in the language lab) with a vocabulary drill program (also downloadable off the internet for free from our Resources for Biblical Languages Page!) to help you in this constant task.  I have also found that flashcards work well for this.  In addition, plan to spend 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 class period.  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, part of your daily half-hour on vocabulary (in addition to computer lab time) can be with flashcards during 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, tutors will be available for regular group study sessions as well as individually by appointment to help you in preparing for classes and quizzes.  If you schedule in your preparation time then, the tutors can help you with any questions you may have, and you may also benefit from the presence and support of your classmates.  Work together, help each other, drill each other on vocabulary.  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 Guerra Prize in Biblical Languages.  Good luck!


HEBREW 102: Old Testament Grammar & Readings, spring 2009.  Syllabus.  RJDKnauth

 Course Requirements (spring semester):
1)       Attendance and Participation, assignments having been completed, plus vocabulary drill in computer lab and tutoring sessions: 20% of final grade.
The lesson for each day should be prepared in advance, and will be spot-checked for completion. Recommend 6 drill sessions (20 min. each) per week (= 2 hrs), plus Tutoring session(s).
2)   Collected/Graded Assignments (10 chosen randomly through semester): 10 % of grade.
3)      Weekly Vocabulary Quizzes (beginning of class on Fridays, covering vocabulary assigned for that week).  16 quizzes, 10 pts each (lowest dropped), worth 15% of the final grade.
4)       Weekly Grammar Quizzes (on Mondays, covering the grammar from the previous week). 
  12 quizzes, 15 pts each (lowest 2 dropped), worth 15% of the final grade.
5)       Midterm Exam (Friday of Week 7): 10% of final grade.
6)   Take-home translation test: 10% of final grade.
7)       Final Exam (in class) - cumulative, but with emphasis on 2nd half: 20% of final grade.


Tentative Schedule of Classes, spring 2009:

Week 1: Lessons 28-30 on Hifil Affix and Imperative (regular,hollow). Review Vocab 1-185.
M (1/12): VQ 1 on Vocab 1-120.  Review grammar and final exam from fall.
W (1/14): Do Lessons 28-29 on Hifil Affix. 
 F  (1/16): VQ 2 on Vocab 121-185. Do Lesson 30 on Hifil Imperative.

Week 2: Lessons 31-33 Piel&Hifil participles, Hifilprefix (regular, 1-yod), infinitive. Vocab 186-210.
M (1/19): GQ 1 on Lessons 28-30. Do Lesson 31 on Hifil 1st-yod.
W (1/21): Do Lesson 32 on Hifil prefix form.
 F  (1/23): VQ 3 on Vocab 186-210. Do Lesson 33 on Hifil prefix 1st-yod, participle.

Week 3: Lessons 34-35 and Hifil Review. Learn Vocab 211-225.
M (1/26): GQ 2 on Lessons 31-33. Do Lesson 34.
W (1/28): Review the Hifil stem. 
 F  (1/30): VQ 4 on Vocab 211-225. Do Lesson 35 on Infinitive + Preposition construction.

Week 4: Lessons 36-38. Learn Vocab 226-240.
M (2/2): GQ 3 on Lessons 34-35, Hifil. Do Lesson 36 on Piel.
W (2/4): Do Lesson 37.
 F  (2/6): VQ 5 on Vocab 225-240. Do Lesson 38 on Suffixes.

Week 5: Lessons 39-41. Learn Vocab 241-255.
M (2/9): GQ 4 on Lessons 36-38. Do Lesson 39 on Idioms.
W (2/11): Do Lesson 40 on Infinitive Absolute.
 F  (2/13): VQ 6 on Vocab 241-255. Do Lesson 41 on Cohortative.

Week 6: Lessons 42-44. Learn Vocab 256-270.
M (2/16): GQ 5 on Lessons 39-41. Lesson 42 on Jussive, Qal Passive.
W (2/18): Do Lesson 43 on Hishtafel.
 F  (2/20): VQ 7 on Vocab 256-270. Do Lesson 44 on Hofal. 

Week 7: Review and Midterm. Review Vocab 186-270.
M (2/23): GQ 6 on Lessons 42-44. Reading & Exercises wrap-up.
W (2/25): VQ 8 on Vocab 186-270. Review Lessons 28-44 for Midterm.
 F  (2/27): Midterm Exam through Lesson 44.  Expect some translation!

SPRING BREAK!  February 28 - March 8.  Review Vocab 1-270.

Week 8: Review. Lesson 45 on Pual. Research and ReadingTools. Learn Vocab 271-285.
M (3/9): VQ 9 on Vocab 1-270. Go over Midterm Exam. Grammar Review.
W (3/11): Do Lesson 45 on Pual. Grammar Review.
 F  (3/13): VQ 10 on Vocab 271-285. Research Tools, Reading Strategies, "Reading Log."

Week 9: Lessons 46-48 on Nifal. Learn Vocab 286-300.
M (3/16): GQ 7 on Lesson 45. Do Lesson 46.
W (3/18): Do Lesson 47.
 F  (3/20): VQ 11 on Vocab 286-300. Do Lesson 48.

Week 10: Lessons 49-50, Review and Drill 5. Learn Vocab 301-310.  
M (3/23): GQ 8 on Lessons 46-48. Do Lesson 49.
W (3/25): Do Lesson 50.
 F  (3/27):  VQ 12 on Vocab 301-310.  Review and Drill 6. Review Nifal.

Week 11: Lesson 51 on Geminates.  Research (hand out ass't).  Review Vocab 1-120 + Particles.
M (3/30): GQ 9 on Lessons 49-50. Do Lesson 51 on Geminates.
W (4/1): Using Concordances. Use of language in "exegesis" (examples). 
 F  (4/3): VQ 13 on Vocab 1-120. Reading catch-up.

Week 12: Lessons 52-53 on Hithpael. Review Vocab 121-200.
M (4/6): GQ 10 on Lesson 51. Do Lesson 52. 
W (4/8): VQ 14 on Vocab 121-200.  Do Lesson 53.
 F  (4/10): Good Friday - NO CLASS!

Week 13: Lessons 54-55 on Numbers and Poetry.  Review Vocab 201-310. 
M (4/13): GQ 11 on Lessons 52-53.  Do Lesson 54 on Numbers.
W (4/15): Discuss Lesson 55 on Biblical Hebrew Poetry (read in advance).
 F  (4/17): VQ 15 on Vocab 201-310. Research ass't due, discuss results.

Week 14: Review for Final. Review Vocab 1-310.
M (4/20): GQ 12 on Lesson 54.  Grammar Review.
W (4/22): Verb forms overview.
 F  (4/24): VQ 16 on Vocab 1-310.  Review for Final Exam. 
Final Exam to follow during Exam Period (April 27 – May 1).  Good luck!


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