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Online · School of Divinity · Biblical Studies

Hebrew Language Tools
OTCL-505

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

An introduction to the biblical Hebrew alphabet, word formation, the verbal system, and syntax. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in the use of concordances and lexicons, as well as the use of various linguistic helps and differing English translations.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

God first chose to reveal himself to, and call, a people group who ultimately spoke the Hebrew language. Thus, it is important for God’s people today to understand the vehicle through which God revealed himself and spoke. This course is the most elementary introduction to that language.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Write the biblical Hebrew alphabet, both consonants and vowels, in square script.
  2. Identify the lexical forms, prefixes, and suffixes of biblical Hebrew nouns.
  3. Distinguish the various verbal stems and some inflections of the Hebrew verbal system.
  4. Employ various tools for the translation of biblical Hebrew words and simple sentences.
  5. Create word studies for a Hebrew noun and a verb.
  6. Identify the rationale for using biblical Hebrew in preaching.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Roden, Chet. Elementary Biblical Hebrew. San Diego: Cognella Academic Publishing, 2016.

Roden, Chet. 30 Days to Genesis. Timmonsville: Seed Publishing, 2016.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resources

Pratico, Gary D., and Miles V. Van Pelt. Biblical Hebrew Study Guide. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005. ISBN: 9780310262954.

Van Pelt, Miles V. English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010. ISBN: 9780310318316.

Williams, Michael. The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users: Grammatical Terms Explained for Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015. ISBN: 9780310521303.

Additonal Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. School of Divinity Writing Guide: https://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=28160
    6. A Hebrew Bible. The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia is preferred. (This is not required, but might be a helpful resource during this course.)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. (MLO: F)

Learning Exercises (11)

The student will complete 11 Learning Exercises. These exercises will vary in nature and will advance the student’s learning in various components of the Hebrew language. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Vocabulary Flashcards (6)

The student will complete 6 Vocabulary Flashcards. Since vocabulary is vital to the student’s success, these flashcards ensure core learning is taking place. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Word Studies (2)

The student will complete 2 Hebrew Word Studies following the textbook instructions. The first study, which must be at least 600 words, is of a Hebrew noun. The second study, which must be at least 900 words, is of a Hebrew verb. The student must use 4 resources cited in current Turabian format for each Word Study. (MLO: D, E)

Quiz

The student will complete 1 closed-book/closed-note quiz. The quiz will have a 20-minute time limit and will consist of 10 true/false, multiple-choice, and fill in the blank questions based on the reading from the textbook. (MLO: B, D, F)

Exams (2)

The student will complete a Mid-Term Exam and a Final Exam, both of which are open-book/open-notes. Each exam will have a 1-hour time limit and will consist of 45–67 true/false, multiple-choice, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer questions, as well as vocabulary and translation sentences based on the readings, presentations, and vocabulary words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, F)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 60 pts ea)

120

Learning Exercises (11 at 20 pts ea)

220

Vocabulary Flashcards (6 at 30 pts ea)

180

Word Studies (2)

 

Noun

100

Verb

100

Quiz

40

Mid-Term Exam

(Modules 1–4)

120

Final Exam

(Modules 4–8)

120

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

OTCL 505

Textbooks: Roden, Elementary Biblical Hebrew (2016).

Roden, 30 Days to Genesis (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Roden, EBH: ch. 1

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Learning Exercise 1

10

0

60

20

2

Roden, EBH: ch. 2

1 presentation

Learning Exercise 2

Quiz

20

40

3

Roden, EBH: ch. 3

1 presentation

Learning Exercise 3

Learning Exercise 4

Vocabulary Flashcards 1

20

20

30

4

Roden, EBH: ch. 4

1 presentation

Learning Exercise 5

Vocabulary Flashcards 2

Mid-Term Exam

20

30

120

5

Roden, EBH: ch. 5

Roden, Genesis: Introduction, Days 1–7

2 presentations

Learning Exercise 6

Vocabulary Flashcards 3

Word Study: Noun

20

30

100

6

Roden, EBH: ch. 6

Roden, Genesis: Days 8–15

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Learning Exercise 7

Learning Exercise 8

Vocabulary Flashcards 4

60

20

20

30

7

Roden, EBH: ch. 7

Roden, Genesis: Days 16–22

2 presentations

Learning Exercise 9

Vocabulary Flashcards 5

Word Study: Verb

20

30

100

8

Roden, EBH: ch. 8

Roden, Genesis: Days 23–30

1 presentation

Vocabulary Flashcard Review

Learning Exercise 10

Learning Exercise 11

Vocabulary Flashcards 6

Final Exam

20

20

30

120

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.