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Proficiency in reading the Hebrew Bible comes only by habitual practice. This course aims to develop the students’ reading ability by providing a learning environment that solidifies previously acquired skills and improves dexterity in pronunciation, translation, vocabulary, and grammar. Becoming a proficient reader will expedite one’s sermon preparation and Bible study.
As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to: a) read aloud any portion of the Hebrew Bible with increased proficiency, b) provide oral translations of assigned passages from the Hebrew Scripture, c) produce typed translations of selected excerpts using a Hebrew lexicon, d) demonstrate a mastery of core Hebrew vocabulary, and e) identify the common grammatical elements of the Hebrew Bible. Course offerings for MDiv or ThM credit, with different expectations and requirements. Prerequisites: Hebrew Grammar 1 & 2 and Hebrew Exegetical Method 1 & 2. 3 credit hours.
Dr. Mark Hassler is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. Dr. Hassler also serves as director of publications and field archaeologist for the Shiloh excavations in Israel. He was the editor of the Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin (2016–19), a peer-reviewed journal established in 1958. Dr. Hassler earned his academic degrees at Montana Bible College (BA) and The Master's Seminary (PhD, ThM, and MDiv). Read more....
30% – Oral Reading
10% – Textbook Reading
20% – Grammar & Vocabulary Quizzes
25% – Typed Translations
15% – Final Exam