HEB5110EN - Basic Old Testament Hebrew I

Course description

The first part of a introduction to basic biblical Hebrew grammar. Students will master the Hebrew alphabet, script, build vocabulary, become familiar with the phonetic systems, and learn the rudiments of biblical Hebrew grammar.

How this course benefits students

Students who desire to teach, preach, and missionally apply God's word in the Old Testament will be best equipped to do so as they begin to handle the text in the original languages.

Why this course is important

The rationale of learning biblical Hebrew is to ensure students who compete the basic Hebrew to be able to read biblical texts in Hebrew. This course will ensure students acquire tools to deal with critical issues of the biblical text. The course will also familiarize students with basic analytical terms for studying Hebrew Bible.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Hebrew Language
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Ian Atkinson, Professor of Hebrew Language & Literature

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

As stated in the mission and vision of the Missional Uninversity, "the scriptures are the foundation for both faith and practice." God's redemptive work is understood through the biblical Word and mediated by the Holy Spirit. And the writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the Scriptures in Hebrew and Greek.God's salvation history can best be understood by the study of the Word in the languages through which He chose to reveal. And the study of the Old Testament in the original language can best equip students to correctly interpret the word of truth.

Missionally driven

The best way to prepare students to be missional leaders is to be biblically grounded. Studying the history of God's mission in its original setting can help students respond to God's call to continue his redemptive mission in our world today.

Contextually informed

The Bible was written in its own historical context. In order to effectively understand the message and meaning of the scripture, it is important to understand the culture of the time when the different books of the Bible were written. Learning biblical Hebrew will help students integrate text and context to understand better the meaning of the ancient texts within their original context and to interpret them in ways relevant to comtemporary society.

Interculturally focused

The Great Commission invites Christ's disciple to continue his mission of spreading the good news to every corner of the earth--to people and culture of the world. The best way to fulfill this mission is by making the gospel available for believers to express their faith that is appropriate for their own culture and social location. An understanding of the grammatical elements of biblical Hebrew will help students develop skills to read biblical texts in Hebrew with cross-cultural sensitivity.

Practically minded

Learning biblical Hebrew will help and serve as a tool to prepare future leaders become more effective preachers and teachers.

Experientially transformed

Ability to read and recite selected psalms in Hebrew will help students understand how the biblical texts were originally recited in corporate worship settings