Hebrew Exegetical Method 2

Mark A. Hassler

Spring 2023 | 3 Credit Hours

A continuation of Hebrew Exegetical Method 1, this course equips the student for the exegesis of the Hebrew Scriptures. It presents a methodology for exegetical research, and majors on lexical, contextual, and text critical analysis. It prepares the student to transition from exegesis to exposition.

As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to a) produce a clear and accurate translation of one’s chosen passage using a Hebrew lexicon; b) perform a lexical analysis on important terms within one’s chosen passage; c) explain the value of ancient Near Eastern background studies to the interpretation of the OT; d) discuss the characteristics and contributions of the primary textual witnesses to the Hebrew Bible; e) interpret the masorah parva and the textual critical apparatuses of BHS and BHQ with the assistance of appropriate resources; f) recognize key principles and practices of OT textual criticism; g) perform a provisional evaluation of the textual readings within one’s chosen passage; and h) produce an exposition derived from the exegetical data of one’s chosen passage. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisites: Hebrew Grammar 1 & 2 and Hebrew Exegetical Method 1.

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. He serves on the board of directors for the Near East Archaeological Society and as the president of the Evangelical Theological Society's eastern region. Dr. Hassler earned his academic degrees at Montana Bible College (BA) and The Master's Seminary (PhD, ThM, and MDiv). Read more....

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40% – Exegetical Papers and Sermon Manuscript
24% – Bible Translations
15% – Textbook Reading
15% – Final Exam
6% – Grammar & Vocabulary Quizzes