Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel
Hebrew Bible Areas: Langauges
Introductory: Four-hour biblical Hebrew course combining two or three
weeks of intensive study in August with a semester-long course in the
Fall. Not available for Ph.D. credit.
Intermediate: Intermediate biblical Hebrew course, intended especially
for those who have just completed the introductory course but available
to others as well. Normally offered in alternate years to Advanced Hebrew.
Advanced: One- or two-semester biblical Hebrew course, dealing at an advanced
level with grammatical, syntactical, text-critical, and text-historical
problems. Normally offered in alternate years to Intermediate Hebrew.
Exegetical: Regularly offered courses on particular books or subjects,
with a focus on exegesis of the Hebrew Bible.
Rabbinic: Hebrew readings in the Mishnah and in related texts are available
on request, with approval of instructor.
A one-semester course in biblical Aramaic is offered every second or third
year, as needed. Students work through all of the Aramaic materials of
the Hebrew Bible, as well as some additional texts. Required of Ph.D.
students in Hebrew Bible; strongly recommended for students in New Testament
and early Christian literature.
Aramaic readings in Talmud and Midrash are available on request, with
approval of instructor.
3. Other Ancient Languages
Akkadian will normally be offered every other year, with more advanced
work available with Approval of instructor.
Ugaritic is offered every second or third year, normally as a one-semester
Other ancient languages (such as ancient Egyptian, Phoenician, Syriac)
may be offered on demand.
Ph.D. students in Hebrew Bible are required to demonstrate a knowledge
of Classical, Septuagintal, or Koiné Greek. This requirement may
be fulfilled by the satisfactory completion of a course in the Septuagint,
an intermediate- or advanced-level course in Classical or New Testament
Greek, or a course requiring extensive Greek language exegesis. Confirmation
of the student’s reading ability must be secured from the instructor.
While not required for Hebrew Bible graduate students, the study of Latin
is strongly recommended, especially for those interested in textual criticism
or medieval exegesis. The Vanderbilt Classics Department offers a full
selection of elementary, intermediate, and advanced Latin courses.
6. Modern Hebrew
While not required for Hebrew Bible graduate students, the study of Modern
Hebrew is strongly recommended, not only because it is the modern descendant
of classical Hebrew but also because scholarly publications are increasingly
appearing in Modern Hebrew. The Vanderbilt Department of Religious Studies
offers courses at the elementary and intermediate levels.
only version of this site
University, 2201 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37235 Phone: (615)
Copyright ©2005 Vanderbilt University. For more information, please
Photos by Neil Brake and Daniel Dubois. "Vanderbilt" and the
Vanderbilt logo are registered trademarks
and service marks of Vanderbilt University.