Advanced Hebrew Readings
This course builds upon the reading of Biblical Hebrew undertaken in LANG 610/611, by examining a more specialized corpus of texts. The first few weeks of class will examine the evolution of biblical Hebrew, comparing the grammar and vocabulary of a selection of texts from different eras of biblical composition. The majority of this semester will focus on the book of Job, including the prose frame narrative and a selection of the speeches. In the last three weeks, an introduction to Qumran literature by means of readings from the main scroll of Isaiah (1QIsaa, 40:1-11, 42:1-9, 52:13-53:12) and some non-biblical texts. We will concentrate on translation rather than on a comprehensive interpretation of the assigned texts; however, we will aim to consider some of the fundamental characteristics of Hebrew grammar that emerge in the course of our reading and so to develop a rudimentary overview of the development of Hebrew grammar and orthography. With this in mind, secondary literature will be introduced during the course to be read alongside translation preparation and discussed in class.
This class has an enrollment limit of 12 students.
Students should come to the first class having prepared Psalm 78:1–11; Psalm 121:1–8; and Psalm 124:1–8 to discuss on the first day.