Instructor: Dr. Jin Hee Han
Course Web: nyts475.tripod.com/hebrewexegesis.htm
This is a Bible reading course. As we work through Genesis 37-50 in the Hebrew text, we will continue to foster our love for the biblical language, sharpening our skills in exegesis. With the intricate prose and the challenging poetry, these last chapters of the book of Genesis will prove to be an inviting venue for the minds that seek to see a world where a common good is found as God works in mysterious and unobtrusive ways. In this course, we will have opportunities to observe how the original biblical language can illuminate our understanding of the Scriptures.
Elliger and W. Rudolph, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.
Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1977.
ISBN 3438052180 Ref BS715 1983 E-055414
37-50: A Commentary. Translated by John J. Scullion.
Gordon J. Wenham, Genesis 16-50.
ISBN 0849902010 BS491.2 .W92 v.2
1. Faithful attendance and participation are expected. Be prepared to read, translate, and discuss the Hebrew text of Genesis 37-50. It is understood that we are to keep up with the reading of relevant portions of the two commentaries. In addition to the scheduled time of class, the workload will require about 8-10 hours per week, more or less depending on the student's preference in terms of study methods.
There will be weekly quizzes
that cover assigned passages and readings.
The quizzes will include vocabulary items and grammatical points. Some of the quizzes may be take-home; they
are due on the next
3. There will be a final take-home exam (not yet
available). It is scheduled be posted on the web
early November. You can work on it at
your pace, but be sure to turn in the completed exam on or before Dec. 4 (the
Note from the instructor: With the flu slowing me down, the final exam is being posted on the web as of Dec. 2. A hard copy will be distributed in the class on Dec. 3. Please plan to turn in the exam by of Dec. 17.
N.B. Any take-home assignment may be sent either as an attachment to an email or be faxed to the number listed above. Be sure to ask for the note of confirmation, for electronic transmission is not always secure.
Throughout the semester class hours may be replaced with various activities including field trips. Please note that the enrichment
Biblical Theology Bulletin
The Bible Translator
Biblical Archaeology Review
Bulletin of the American School of Oriental Research
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Harvard Theological Review
Israel Exploration Journal
Journal of Biblical Literature
Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
Journal of Near Eastern Studies
Journal of Semitic Studies
Literature and Theology
Zeitschrift für die alttetestamentliche Wissenschaft
Books on Reserve
(some on permanent reserve)
Campbell/O'Brien 1993 Sources of the Pentateuch
Fox 1995 The Five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Friedman 1987 Who Wrote the Bible?
Friedman 2001 Commentary on the Torah with a New English Translation
Kugel 1997 The Bible as It Was
Plaut 1981 The Torah: A Modern Commentary
Wenham 1994 Genesis 16-50
Westermann 1986 Genesis 37-50: A Commentary
William L. Holladay, A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1971). A handy lexicon based on the highly reliable Koehler-Baumgartner lexicon. Easy to use due to its alphabetical arrangement.
Clines, David J. A., The Dictionary of Classical
Köhler, Ludwig, Walter Baumgartner, and Johann Jakob Stamm, The
Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Translated and edited by M. E. J. Richardson
et al. 5 vols.
Terry A. Armstrong, Douglas L. Busby, and Cyril F. Carr, eds., A Reader's Hebrew-English Lexicon of the Old Testament (4 vols.; now available vols. 1 and 2 bound together). An indispensable help for the accelerated reading of the Hebrew Bible.
George M. Landes, Building Your
Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary: Learning Words by Frequency and Cognate.
Larry A. Mitchel, A Student's Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1984). A vocabulary list by frequency of words appearing ten times or more in the Hebrew Bible.
Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar (17th ed.;
Joüon, Paul. A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Translated and revised by T. Muraoka. 2 vols.
Thomas O. Lambdin, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1971). A very clear, solid teaching grammar; the author claims it is designed for a year of college grammar course, but probably more for an intermediate Biblical Hebrew.
Waltke, Bruce K. and M.
O’Connor, An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax.
Solomon Mandelkern, Veteris Testamenti Concordantiae Hebraicae atque Chaldaicae (8th ed.;
Gerhard Lisowsky, Konkordanz zum hebräischen Alten Testament (Stuttgart: Württembergische Bibelanstalt, 1958). Easy to use, though not complete. Beautifully handwritten.
Abraham Even-Shoshan, ed. A New
Concordance of the Bible: Thesaurus of the Language of the Bible; Hebrew and
Aramaic; Roots, Words, Proper Names; Phrases and Synonyms (
Gorman, Michael J., Exegesis of Biblical
Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers.
Kelly, Page H., Daniel S. Mynatt,
and Timothy G. Crawford, The Masorah
of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: Introduction and Annotated Glossary.
Scott, William R., A Simplified Guide to BHS:
Critical Apparatus, Masora, Accents, Unusual Letters
& Other Markings.
Stuart, Douglas. Old Testament Exegesis: A Primer for Students
and Pastors (2nd ed.;
Understanding the BHS: A Manual for the Users of Biblia
Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Translated by Dwight R.
Daniels. 2nd ed.
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