Undergraduate

EHB104 Elementary Hebrew 16 credits
Elementary grammatical aspects of Biblical Hebrew: alphabet; morphology; syntax; vocabulary; translation of simple sentences.

EHB204 Continuation of Elementary Hebrew 16 credits
A continuation of grammatical aspects of Biblical Hebrew: nominal and verbal morphology, syntax of simple and compound sentences, vocabulary, translation of simple Biblical extracts.
(prerequisite: EHB104).

HEB108 The Grammar of Biblical Hebrew 32 credits
An introduction to the Biblical Hebrew writing system, phonology and pronunciation, nominal and verbal morphology, syntax, and vocabulary. Special attention is paid to appropriate ways of translating Biblical Hebrew in light of the ways in which the grammatical structures of Biblical Hebrew differ from those of the student’s home language. Students are introduced to the electronic tools available for the study of Biblical Hebrew.

HEB214 Advanced Grammar of Biblical Hebrew 16 credits
The phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic features of Biblical Hebrew are explored, especially with respect to translation of exegetically problematic Biblical Hebrew passages. Students will learn to use electronic tools for research in Hebrew grammar.
(prerequisite: HEB108 or HEB114 & HEB124)

HEB224 Narratology and Grammatical Analysis of Biblical Hebrew Texts 16 credits
The study of the linguistic and literary features of Biblical Hebrew narrative texts. Students will explore the structures and conventions of biblical narrative, with special reference to translating those structures into their home language.
(prerequisite: HEB108 or HEB114 & HEB124).

HEB314 Biblical Hebrew Poetry 16 credits
The study of the linguistic and literary features of Biblical Hebrew poetic texts. Students explore the structures and conventions of biblical poetry, with special reference to translating those structures into their home language.
(prerequisite: HEB214).

HEB324 Grammar of Biblical Aramaic 16 credits
A phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic analysis of Biblical Aramaic. Students may alternatively choose to study Syriac.
(prerequisite: HEB 214).

HEB308 Development and Nature of Israelite Religion until the Dead Sea Scrolls 32 credits
The focus of this module will be on the translation of religious texts from the period of the formation of the Hebrew Bible through the second temple period. Students will learn the basic principles of translation theory, the characteristics of the ancient biblical translations (the Septuagint, the Targumim, and the Peshitta), and will apply translation principles to an analysis of selected religious texts from the Hebrew Bible.
(prerequisite: HEB214).

Postgraduate

NOS618 Introduction to Near Eastern Studies 30 credits
Introduction to the focus area chosen by the student in consultation with the supervisor.

NOS648 Research Methodology and Small Research Project in a Focus Area 30 credits
Research methodology and small research project in a focus area chosen by the student in consultation with the supervisor.

NTS608 Translation of Biblical and Religious Texts 30 credits
Introduction to Biblical/religious translation. Translation models and the study of ideological influences on translation.

NKS608 Qumran, Judaism and the Origin of Christianity 30 credits
Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and their impact on the development of later Judaism and Christianity.

NGK608 Cultures and Religions of the Near East 30 credits
The religious and cultural diversity of the ancient Near East through selected historical periods as context for translation.

NBT608 Near Eastern and Biblical Languages 30 credits
The study of the grammatical and socio-linguistic aspects of a Near Eastern language.

NBL608 Near Eastern and Biblical Literature 30 credits
Literary study of a selection of ancient Near Eastern texts.

NOS700 MA (Near Eastern Studies) 180 credits
Students write a dissertation on a topic approved by the supervisor.

NOS900 PhD (Near Eastern Studies) 360 credits
Student writes a thesis on a topic chosen in consultation with the promoter and the Head of Department.


FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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