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.




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 Assignment

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)


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)