Introduction to Biblical Languages

This unit gives an introduction to biblical Hebrew and Greek that will enable the use of various grammatical and lexical tools without requiring a fluency in the language. The focus is on introductory hermeneutical theory, translation theory and practice, introducing biblical Hebrew and Greek, parts of speech and language structure, simple sentence diagramming, using reference works and word studies and evaluating and using English language translations. There is sample exegesis from an Old Testament and New Testament book. The unit enables a discerning use of English-language translations for exegesis.

All A units are not included in the structure of Majors or Sub-majors (UG studies) or in concentration or specialisation (PG studies).

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Humanities in the Christian Tradition

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Recognise the alphabet and language structure of biblical Hebrew and Greek
  2. Understand the nuances of the grammatical structures of the biblical languages
  3. Utilise an English language translation and various grammatical/lexical tools in exegesis
  4. Apply such tools to the exegesis of selected biblical passages
  5. Apply the results of their study to enrich Christian life and ministry
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