BIBL 535 Advanced Biblical Hebrew
Course critically examines an array of texts in the Hebrew Bible, placing particular emphasis on the “late features” and syntax of the books of Esther, Chronicles, and Ecclesiastes. Students combine diachronic analysis (historical linguistics) with synchronic (sociolinguistics). Predicated on student interest, we may also look briefly at Dead Sea Scroll Hebrew texts and the original Hebrew text of Sirach. Prerequisite: four semesters of Hebrew (including either Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I or II) or permission of the instructor.