Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Descriptions

Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew

Major

A major in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew requires 48 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level units
(ii) 18 credit points of 2000-level units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project units

Minor

A minor in in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew requires 36 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level units
(ii) 18 credit points of 2000-level units
(iii) 6 credit points of 3000-level units

1000 level units of study

BBCL1001 Reading Bible: Narrative, Law and Ritual

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: class participation (10%), 2x short tutorial presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (10%), 2x1000wd exegesis papers (50%), 1x2hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides an introduction to the study of the Bible, focusing on understanding the literary techniques biblical authors used to convey their message when writing narrative, legal and ritual texts. The first three books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus) are the focus of textual study in this semester.
BBCL1002 Biblical Themes: Joshua to Kings

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x 250wd equiv short tutorial presentation 1 (5%), 1x1000wd exegesis paper 1 (25%), 1x 250wd equiv short tutorial presentation 2 (5%), 1x1000wd exegesis paper 2 (25%), 1x2hr exam (30%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit focuses specifically on narrative books of the Hebrew Bible including Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings. The unit focuses on the themes of these biblical books, as well as exploring the historical background of the texts and the events they describe. Attention will be directed to other relevant writings of the period in the Ancient Near East.
HBRW1111 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prohibitions: HBRW1311 or HBRW2631 Assessment: 1250wd grammar short quizzes (25%), 1250wd Bible text short quizzes (25%), 1x1000wd grammar in-class test (20%), 1x1000wd Biblical text in-class test (20%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit, for those beginning the study of Hebrew, brings students from their first acquaintance with the Hebrew alphabet to an understanding of the Hebrew language used in the Biblical texts. The unit is devoted to the study of the grammar and the principles of translation.
HBRW1112 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW1111 Prohibitions: HBRW1312 or HBRW2632 Assessment: 1250wd grammar short quizzes (25%), 1250wd Biblical quizzes and assignments (25%), 1x1000wd grammar in-class test (20%), 1x1000wd Biblical text in-class test (20%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit continues the study of grammar and classical Hebrew (Biblical) texts.
HBRW1011 Foundations of Modern Hebrew 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prohibitions: HBRW1301 or HBRW1101 Assessment: 2x50wd quizzes (10%), 7x100wd assignments (25%), 1x1.5hr mid-semester in-class test (25%), 1x 2min oral presentation (5%), 1x 2hr final exam (30%), participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides an introduction to Modern Hebrew. It is intended for students who have little or no previous knowledge and practice of the language. The unit fosters the development of oral communication skills relating to everyday topics. It includes learning the Hebrew alphabet and basic reading and writing skills as well as the introduction of basic vocabulary and language functions. It is imperative that all prospective students contact the coordinator to arrange for a placement test upon enrolment.
HBRW1102 Foundations of Modern Hebrew 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW1011 Prohibitions: HBRW1302 Assessment: 2x50wd quizzes (10%), 7x100wd assignments (25%), 1x1.5hr mid-semester in-class test (25%), 1x2min oral presentation (5%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is an extension of the work done in HBRW1011. It further develops the language skills acquired previously. This unit involves a range of learning styles that assist you to further develop and consolidate your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
JCTC1003 Jewish History from Rome to New Diaspora

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Assessment: 1x 2500wd research essay (40%), x 500wd discussion board activity (10%), 1x 500wd critical assessment of reading (10%), x class participation (10%), 1x 1hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How did the religion and history of the Jewish people change from the Second Temple to the rabbinic period? Explore the history of the Jews during the watershed period in Palestine under Roman rule. Study the Hellenist influence on Judaism, the development of different sects and the emergence of Christianity. Explore what takes place after the destruction of the Second Temple and the revolts as the Jewish diaspora takes greater shape. Explore the spread of Judaism into Africa and Asia and the communities there.
JCTC1004 People of the Book: Judaism Unbound

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Assessment: 1x 2500wd research essay (40%), x 500wd discussion board activity (10%), 1x 500wd critical assessment of reading (10%), x class participation (10%), 1x 1hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What is the relationship between Jewish texts and Jewish life? This unit explores Judaism's foundational beliefs, rituals and traditions through its core texts--classical, medieval and modern. Tracing the evolution of Judaism from its roots in the ancient Near East to the diversity of its modern incarnations, it provides a window into the intellectual, ethical and cultural traditions that have shaped the oldest of the three monotheistic religions.

2000 units of study

BBCL2603 Destruction and Messianism in Prophecy

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points including at least 6 in BBCL1001, BBCL1002, HBRW1111, HBRW1112, RLST1002 and 6 in Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, English, Philosophy, Studies in Religion, Arabic Studies or 6 Senior credit points in BBCL2607, BBCL2609, BBCL2610 or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew or Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture Assessment: 1x1500wd tutorial report (30%), 1x3000wd Essay (60%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit deals with prophetic works of the Hebrew Bible which cover a period of almost two hundred years from the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel to the restoration of the kingdom of Judah and the hope of the revival of the Davidic monarchy. The prophetic texts reflect the engagement of the ancient writers with theological matters, arising from the political and social challenges of their time.
BBCL2607 Biblical Poetic Books

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points including at least 6 from (BBCL1001 or BBCL1002 or HBRW1111 or HBRW1112 or RLST1002) and 6 from (Hebrew or Biblical and Jewish Studies or Ancient History or Anthropology or Archaeology or History or English or Philosophy or Studies in Religion or Arabic Studies) or (BBCL2603 or BBCL2609 or BBCL2610) Prohibitions: BBCL2003 Assessment: 1x1500wd Tutorial report (30%), 1x3000wd Essay (60%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the Biblical Poetic Books such as Psalms, the Song of Songs and Lamentations. The main focus of the course is on how the literary conventions of the genre of Hebrew poetry are used by the poets to set out the theological and philosophical concepts the texts are designed to express. These literary conventions will be studied in the light of other Ancient Near Eastern literature of a similar genre.
BBCL2609 Historical Jesus to Written Gospels

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points including at least 6 in BBCL1001, BBCL1002, HBRW1111, HBRW1112, RLST1002 and 6 in Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, English, Philosophy, Studies in Religion, Arabic Studies or 6 Senior credit points in BBCL2603, BBCL2607, BBCL2610 or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew or Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture or Ancient History Prohibitions: BBCL2003 Assessment: 1x2000wd research essay 1 (40%), 1x2000wd research essay 2 (40%), 1xequivalent to 500wds short tutorial presentation (10%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the relationship between the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth and the literary-theological achievement of the early Christian Gospels (including non-canonical Gospels). Students are encouraged to apply rigorous historical method and careful literary analysis in order to gain a nuanced understanding of how the leader of a Jewish renewal movement became the object of devotion in earliest Christianity. The unit will read Biblical texts in English translation.
BBCL2610 The New Testament Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points including at least 6 in BBCL1001, BBCL1002, HBRW1111, HBRW1112, RLST1002 and 6 from Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, English, Philosophy, Studies in Religion, Arabic Studies or 6 Senior credit points in BBCL2603, BBCL2607, BBCL2609 or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture or Studies in Religion Assessment: 1x2700wd research essay (50%), 1xequivalent to 1500wds tutorial presentation and paper (30%), 1x300wd research proposal (10%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides an overview of the New Testament as a literary and theological work, seeking to understand both the early Christian 'story' and the various modes in which it was retold and applied in the first century CE. Students explore the various genres of NT literature, including 'gospel', epistolary forms, parable and apocalyptic. Particular attention is paid to reader-response criticism of the Gospels and intertextuality in the NT epistles. Documents will be read in English translation.
HBRW2603 Using Modern Hebrew in the Here-and-Now

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW1102 Prohibitions: HBRW2103 Assessment: 2x50wd quizzes (10%), 7x100wd assignments (25%), 1x1.5hr mid-semester in-class test (25%), 1x2min oral presentation (5%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is an extension of the work done in HBRW1102. It consists of an intensive study of spoken Modern Hebrew with emphasis on communicative skills that enable students to communicate in simple Hebrew for everyday situations. Simple literary texts and language components, which are orientated around relevant themes, are dealt with. A variety of different methods are used to explain grammatical structures, morphology and syntax and to provide examples in their use.
HBRW2604 Modern Hebrew in Everyday Context

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: HBRW2603 Prohibitions: HBRW2104 Assessment: 6x150wd assignments (25%), 2x2min oral presentations (10%), 1x1200wd mid-semester in-class test (25%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is an extension of the work done in HBRW2603. It uses a communicative approach to language learning. Students' active participation through teamwork, role-playing and other interactive techniques is an essential aspect of all classes. It is expected that by the end of this unit students will be able to take part in simple everyday Hebrew conversation.
HBRW2623 Hebrew Classical 3

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW1112 or HBRW2402 or HBRW2632 or HSC Hebrew Assessment: 1000wd equiv weekly short quizzes (30%), 1x1.5hr in-class test (30%), 1x2000wd research essay (30%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The books of the Hebrew Bible are studied in the light of their setting and their literary and linguistic features. The course consists of: set classical texts; and special background area study: Mishnaic Hebrew.
HBRW2625 Hebrew Classical 5

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW1112 or HBRW2632 or HBRW2402 or HSC Hebrew Assessment: 2x1hr exams (60%), assigned preparation of text for class [equivalent to 500wds] (10%), 1x2000wd Essay (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The books of the Hebrew Bible are studied in the light of their setting and composition history. The course consists of: set classical texts, and special background area study: Ancient Inscriptions.
HBRW2631 Reading Hebrew 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from any of (Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, English, Linguistics, Philosophy, Studies in Religion or Arabic Studies) Prohibitions: HBRW2401 Assessment: 1250wd equiv grammar short quizzes (25%), 1250wd equiv Bible text short quizzes (25%), 1x1000wd grammar in-class test (20%), 1x1000wd Biblical text in-class test (20%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides senior-level students with the essential linguistic foundation to the study of Hebrew language and literature. It brings students from their first acquaintance with the Hebrew alphabet to an understanding of the Hebrew language. No previous knowledge is assumed. The unit is devoted to the study of the grammar and the principles of translation.
HBRW2632 Reading Hebrew 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW2401 or HBRW2631 Prohibitions: HBRW1112 or HBRW2402 Assessment: 1250wd equiv grammar short quizzes (25%), 1250wd equiv Bible quizzes and assignments (25%), 1x1000wd grammar in-class test (20%), 1x1000wd Biblical text in-class test (20%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in HBRW2631, enabling senior-level students to study Hebrew sources in their original language. It forms a bridge between Reading Hebrew 1 and other senior Hebrew units. It focuses on increased competence in Hebrew grammar and independent ability to translate Hebrew.
HBRW2651 Syriac 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW1112 or HBRW2402 or HBRW2632 or HSC Hebrew Prohibitions: HBRW2911 Assessment: 1x2hr exam (60%), weekly assignments, exercises and Tutorial participation (40%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
For those beginning the study of Syriac this is a preparation for more advanced study of Syriac language and literature. It concentrates on the study of elementary Syriac grammar, prose composition and an introductory study of selections of texts from the Old and New Testament Peshitta.
HBRW2652 Syriac 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW2911 or HBRW2651 Prohibitions: HBRW2912 Assessment: 1x2hr exam (60%), weekly assignments, exercises and Tutorial participation (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit builds on the foundation of Syriac 1. It concentrates on the study of advanced Syriac prose composition and selections of texts from the Old and New Testament Peshitta.
GRKA2620 Learn to Read Ancient Greek 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: GRKA1600 or GRKA1001 or GRKA2611 or HSC Classical Greek Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides senior-level students with the essential linguistic foundation to the study of Greek literature, philosophy, culture, and history. No previous knowledge of any foreign language is assumed and all grammatical concepts encountered will be explained. The unit introduces the basics of Greek through the study of grammar, and is valuable for students interested in all aspects of European history, archaeology, language, literature and philosophy.
GRKA2621 Learn to Read Ancient Greek 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: GRKA2620 or GRKA1600 Prohibitions: GRKA1601 or GRKA1002 or GRKA2612 Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in GRKA2620, enabling senior-level students to read Greek texts in the original. It concentrates particularly on additional morphology, reading skills and the syntax of the sentence, while also introducing further grammatical concepts and constructions. Grammatical knowledge is reinforced by translation from and into Greek, while reading skills are further consolidated through the study of selected extracts from Greek prose and/or verse texts.
JCTC2100 Expulsion and Renewal: Medieval Jews

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Jewish Civilisation - Thought and Culture or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew or 12 credit points at 1000 level in European Studies Assessment: 1x 2500wd research essay (40%), 1x 500wd discussion board activity (10%), 1x 500wd critical assessment of reading (10%), x class participation (10%), 1x 1hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the story of Jews under Muslim and Christian rule in Europe, including Christian antisemitism, anti-Jewish decrees, expulsions, the Crusades and the expulsion from Spain. It further explores new centres of Jewish life, especially in Eastern Europe, namely Poland, and concludes with the dawn of emancipation and the re-establishment of Jewish communities in the Netherlands and England.
JCTC2102 Medieval Jewish Thought

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in the Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture major or 12 credit points at 1000 level in the Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew major. Assessment: 1x1hr exam (30%), x class participation (10%), 1x500wd critical assessment of reading (10%), 1x500wd discussion board activity (10%), 1x2500wd research essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the rich and varied world of medieval Jewish thought through textual analysis of a range of sources including sacred texts, poetry and philosophy. Attention will be paid to major figures such as Moses Maimonides and the interaction and cross fertilisation between Christian, Islamic and Jewish medieval thinkers will also be considered.
LATN2620 Learn to Read Latin 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week,1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: LATN1001 or LATN1600 or LATN2611 or HSC Latin Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides senior-level students with the essential linguistic foundation to the study of the literature, culture, history and long legacy of the Latin-speaking world ruled by Rome. No previous knowledge of any foreign language is assumed and all grammatical concepts encountered will be explained. The unit introduces the basics of Latin through the study of grammar and, using a wide variety of short and longer readings from a range of Roman authors, provides an introduction to Latin literature.
LATN2621 Learn to Read Latin 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: LATN2620 or LATN1600 Prohibitions: LATN1002 or LATN1601 or LATN2612 Assessment: Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1250wd (30%) Weekly quizzes equivalent to 1250wd (30%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in LATN2620, enabling senior-level students to read more complex Latin texts. It concentrates particularly on reading skills and the syntax of the sentence, while also introducing further grammatical concepts and constructions. Grammatical knowledge is reinforced by translation from and into Latin, while reading skills are further consolidated through the study of a wide variety of longer extracts from Latin prose and verse texts.
RLST2624 The Birth of Christianity

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Studies in Religion or 6 credit points at 1000 level in in Studies in Religion and 6 credit points at 1000 level in Ancient History Prohibitions: RLST2024 Assessment: 1x1000wd Oral Presentation (20%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1500wd Take-home paper (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit discusses the textual, archaeological and socio-cultural evidence for the origins of Christianity; with a particular purpose to analyse how cults centred on the charismatic figure of Jesus of Nazareth led to the construction of such a powerful religious tradition. Tensions within that emergent tradition will be considered, and especially its struggle towards self-identity with both Judaism and the Greco-Roman world.

3000 level units of study

BBCL3601 Daniel and Revelation as Apocalypses

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: BBCL2603 or BBCL2607 or BBCL2609 or BBCL2610 or BBCL3602 or HBRW2623 or HBRW2625 or HBRW2632 or HBRW3601 or HBRW3602 or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew or Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture Prohibitions: BBCL2006 or BBCL2606 Assessment: 1x1500wd exegesis assignment (30%), 1x3000wd research essay (60%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The books of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible and Revelation in the New Testament are the only "apocalypses" found in any western Bible. In this unit students will apply advanced methods in analysis of biblical texts (literary, thematic, linguistic, and text critical) in order to analyse these texts in the context of the most relevant extra-biblical apocalyptic texts, such as 1 Enoch, 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch.
BBCL3602 Job, Proverbs and Other Biblical Wisdom

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (BBCL2603 or BBCL2607 or BBCL2609 or BBCL2610 or BBCL3601) or (HBRW2623 or HBRW2625 or HBRW2632 or HBRW3601 or HBRW3602) Prohibitions: BBCL2608 Assessment: 1x1500wd research assignment (30%), 1x3000wd research essay (60%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Books of Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs form the bulk of wisdom literature in the Hebrew Bible. In this unit students will apply advanced methods in analysis of biblical texts (literary, thematic, linguistic, and text critical) in order to understand the nature of Biblical wisdom literature on all levels. This will include examining these texts within the context of other wisdom literature both within the Hebrew Bible, such as wisdom psalms and in Deuterocanonical texts, such as Sirach.
HBRW3601 Hebrew Classical Advanced 4

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW2632 or HBRW2623 or HBRW2625 Prohibitions: HBRW2116 or HBRW2624 Assessment: 1000wd equiv short quizzes (30%), 1x1000wd equiv in-class test (30%), 1x2500wd essay (30%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit students will apply advanced linguistic skills to complex biblical and extra-biblical texts. Students will analyse the poetic and linguistic features of the book of Psalms, and will evaluate the historical, social and linguistic background of the Dead Sea (Qumran) Scrolls.
HBRW3602 Hebrew Classical Advanced 6

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW2632 or HBRW2623 or HBRW2625 Prohibitions: HBRW2626 Assessment: 1x1000wd Poetry written test (25%), 1x1000wd Medieval Hebrew written test (25%), 1x2500wd Research essay (40%), Seminar participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit students will apply advanced linguistic skills to complex biblical and extra-biblical texts. Students will analyse the poetic and linguistic features of biblical poetry outside the Psalms, as well as the linguistic features of Medieval Hebrew used by Jewish Biblical commentators, especially those features that differentiate Medieval from Biblical Hebrew.
HBRW3610 Modern Hebrew, a Living Language

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HSC Modern Hebrew Continuers or HBRW2604 or HBRW2632 Prohibitions: HBRW1301 or HBRW2607 Assessment: 6x150wd assignments (25%), 2x2min oral presentations (15%), 1x1200wd major written assignment (20%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for students who have successfully completed HSC Modern Hebrew Continuers, HBRW2604, HBRW2632, or have reached a similar level of knowledge. In this unit students will advance their proficiency of using the four interlinked language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. As well, engaging in a variety of text-types, students will gain a deeper understanding of issues of social, cultural and historical importance to Modern Hebrew speaking communities
HBRW3611 Modern Hebrew for Life

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: (HBRW2607 or HBRW3610) or HBRW2632 Prohibitions: HBRW1302 or HBRW2608 Assessment: 6x150wd assignments (25%), 2x2min oral presentation (15%), 1x1200wd major written assignment (20%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for students who have successfully completed HBRW3610. In it students will build on their previous experience of the language. They will further develop their communicative capabilities whilst increasing their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and syntax. As well, students will increase their ability to analyse the content and language of a variety of Modern Hebrew texts. On successfully completing this unit, students will achieve a proficiency level equivalent to the Hebrew University third level of instruction.
HBRW3612 Texts and Sub-texts in Modern Hebrew

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW2608 or HBRW3611 Prohibitions: HBRW2303 or HBRW2609 Assessment: 6x150wd assignments (25%), 2x2min oral presentations (15%), 1x1200wd major written assignment (20%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for students who have successfully completed HBRW3611. In this unit students will encounter a productive language-learning environment aimed at supporting both their oral and written language production. Students will engage in range of contemporary Modern Hebrew text-types that reflect social and cultural issues covering the period from the 19th century to the present time.
HBRW3613 Israeli Culture as Reflected in Text

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW2609 or HBRW3612 Prohibitions: HBRW2304 or HBRW2610 Assessment: 6x150wd assignments (25%), 2x2min oral presentations (15%), 1x1200wd major written assignment (20%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for students who have successfully completed HBRW3612. In this intensive language-learning environment students will be focusing more closely on the contextual and linguistic features of Modern Hebrew as it is expressed in mediums such as the media, film, and internet. On successfully completing this unit, students will achieve a proficiency level equivalent to the Hebrew University fourth level of instruction.
HBRW3653 Syriac 3

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW2912 or HBRW2652 Prohibitions: HBRW3911 Assessment: 1x2hr exam (50%), 1x2500wd essay (30%), continuous assessment (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit continues the study of Syriac texts begun in Syriac 1 and 2. This unit concentrates on the study of selections of advanced Syriac Peshitta, Patristic texts, etc.
HBRW3654 Syriac 4

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HBRW3911 or HBRW3653 Prohibitions: HBRW3912 Assessment: 1x2hr exam (50%), 1x2500wd essay (30%), continuous assessment (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit builds on the foundation of Syriac 3. This unit concentrates on the study of more advanced Syriac Patristic and Hagiographical texts, etc., as well as a brief survey of the history of Syriac literature.

Interdisciplinary project unit of study

BBCL3998 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Impact in any major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for third year students to undertake a project that allows them to work with one of the University's industry and community partners. Students will work in teams on a real-world problem provided by the partner. This experience will allow students to apply their academic skills and disciplinary knowledge to a real-world issue in an authentic and meaningful way.
BBCL3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Prohibitions: Interdisciplinary Impact in another major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.

In country units of study

BBCL2801 Biblical In-Country Study A

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Assessment: As prescribed by the host institution. On successful completion of this unit of study, students will receive a "Satisfied Requirements" result at the University of Sydney. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Approved course in an overseas tertiary level institution.
BBCL2802 Biblical In-Country Study B

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: BBCL2801 Assessment: As prescribed by the host institution. On successful completion of this unit of study, students will receive a "Satisfied Requirements" result at the University of Sydney. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Approved course in an overseas tertiary level institution.

Honours

Honours in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level Honours Seminar units
(ii) 36 credit points of 4000-level Honours Thesis units

Honours seminar units of study

BBCL4113 Rebels in the Desert - Reading Numbers

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 6000wd research essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit the students will examine key stories in the book of Numbers by applying linguistic proficiencies and exegetical tools they have obtained in their earlier undergraduate studies. Students will receive training in historical and philological methods of critical reading that will develop an advanced understanding of the ancient scribes' intentions and thoughts as well as the writing's circumstances. Students will also study selected important scholarly trends in the classical and contemporary research on the book.
BBCL4114 Texts and Languages of Daniel

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 6000wd research essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will introduce students to advanced textual analysis of the Book of Daniel. Students will increase their knowledge of varieties of Hebrew by studying the Hebrew portions of the book and will be introduced to Aramaic by studying the Aramaic portions. For all sections they will engage in high level text critical analysis of the multiple ancient witnesses to the book. The detailed work on linguistic and textual issues will contribute to an informed discussion of the major ideas of the book.

Honours thesis units of study

BBCL4111 Biblical Studies Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you begin a substantial, independent research project in Biblical Studies. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will develop a plan for researching and writing the thesis, submit an ethics application if appropriate, familiarise yourself with disciplinary conventions and standards, engage with relevant literature, theories and methodologies, and submit drafts at agreed times.
BBCL4112 Biblical Studies Honours Thesis 2

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Assessment: 1x 20000wd Thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you complete and submit your substantial, independent research project in Biblical Studies. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Biblical Studies Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will continue to submit drafts at agreed times, and develop your expertise in relevant research methods and analytical skills as well as in the subject matter of your specialist topic.

Advanced coursework

The requirements for advanced coursework in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew are described in the degree resolutions for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.
24-36 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2020.