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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

Online Practical Theology Short Courses
Trinity College Glasgow & Theology & Religious Studies, University of Glasgow

Course Description

Reading, understanding and translating Biblical Hebrew allows you to engage deeply and richly with the texts of the Old Testament in its ancient and original language. This course will introduce those with very little or no previous knowledge of Hebrew to the forms and structure of the language of the Hebrew Bible, enabling you to read selected passages of scripture, while reflecting on the value of being able to do so. 

This is an open access course available as a 10-credit course (accredited by the University of Glasgow) or audit-only for those who just wish to engage with the learning programme for their own personal benefit.



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Dr Zanne Domoney-Lyttle is a tutor in Hebrew Bible and biblical reception at the University of Glasgow. She specialises in the texts and stories of Genesis, with a focus on gender, sexuality and representation, as well as Biblical Hebrew language and translation. She has several years of experience teaching Biblical Hebrew. Zanne has various publications in Open Theology, the Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies and various edited collections, and is currently working on her monograph: The Bible and Comics: Women, Power and Representation in Graphic Narratives (Bloomsbury 2021). She is also in an administrative position with Trinity College Glasgow. In her spare time, Zanne enjoys gardening, baking, and walking around her local area with her dog, Wendy. 

Further Information

Timetable & Duration

February 1 - March 29, 2021

This course will take place online on Monday evenings, 6.45-8.45pm GMT.


This course will be taught over 9 weeks via online real-time meetings & instruction.


Introduction to the course

Reading, understanding and translating Biblical Hebrew allows you to engage deeply and richly with the texts of the Old Testament in its ancient and original language. In this course, we will explore the history of Biblical Hebrew, before learning about the forms and structure of the language. Participants do not need to have any previous knowledge of Hebrew to take this course since we will start right at the beginning with the Hebrew alphabet! By the end of this course, participants will be able translate selected passages from the Bible, and will have the skills to continue and develop their understanding of Hebrew. 

This course will cover the following topics:

  • An introduction to the history of Biblical Hebrew 

  • Learning the Hebrew alphabet 

  • The definite article

  • Gender and number

  • Subject pronouns

  • Possessives, adjectives and demonstratives

  • Prepositions

  • An outline of verb stems 

  • Translating the Bible

You will need to obtain a suitable textbook to aid your study of Biblical Hebrew. The tutor will advise on this.

Course Information


This course is suitable for learners from a wide variety of backgrounds.


Learners may either choose to undertake assessments, and thus qualify for 10 credit points towards a Higher Education certificate or other Glasgow University approved programmes, or who may just wish to engage with the learning programme for their own personal benefit. Graduates are equally welcome.


This course is conducted online. The directed online instruction will be explored in weekly real-time conversations along with materials and interaction using the learning platform, Moodle. Zoom as an online meeting tool will be used for the real-time conversations and online group times. Access to these tools will be supported by the course administration. More information about the use of these will be provided once enrolled. For technology you will need to have access to:

  • broadband/ wireless (at least 1.5 megabites per second up and download)

  • a computer with Dual core 2Ghz or higher and 4GB of RAM or Ipad with OS 13 or later,

  • minimum of Windows 7 or Mac 10.7.

  • a speaker and microphone, built in, USB or wireless Bluetooth

  • Webcam, built in or USB

Delivery & Assessment

Each class will be taught through a range of online discussion, exercises, and activities, viewing and reading. Where possible, materials will be provided digitally. In addition, learners who enrol for credit will be able to access digitised materials, articles, and books via the University of Glasgow's library.

The formal assessment for this course is optional and consists of the following:

  • Translation project with short critical commentary (1200 words) – 60%

  • Reflective project (800 words) – 40%

Support, guidance and feedback will be available for all assessment.

Credit Award


Completion of the course carries with it 10 Undergraduate credit points for those who wish to undertake the formal assessments. There is also the option to undertake the course for audit without certification.


£207.50 (this covers access to all resources and administrative costs).

Funds & Subsidies

Part-funding subsidies from Trinity College are available to leaders from Church of Scotland Priority Area (PA) parishes via separate application directly to us. To be considered for a subsidy email your interest to Principal of trinity College,, by 31 January 2021.


Applicants should still register for the course by following the instructions under ‘How to Apply’ below. We are unable to provide the subsidy upfront so we ask you to pay the full fee initially and arrangements will be made for the subsidy as a direct grant subsequently. 

Funds or subsidies may also be available through your own church for training or study purposes and we encourage you to approach them with the details of the course.

How to Apply



These courses are provided by the University of Glasgow.  If this is your first time accessing a course/programme with University of Glasgow this application activates a process where you sign up to a student account and then from the 15th January when applications close for these courses you will receive instructions to complete registering for the course. There are two steps involved:


  1. Before January 15th, apply and create a student entry account with the university by clicking "CLICK HERE TO APPLY" above. You will receive notification that your application is active. 

  2. After January 15th, complete registration and pay the required course fee. In the week of January 18th, you will receive an account access activation email that contains a student number, a temporary password and instructions for registering including payment of the particular course fee (£207.50) This puts you onto MyCampus – your own student portal. We will email you once you have completed these steps about access to the course material and online details for the first course.

For help and guidance, CLICK HERE.


Applications close on the 15th January.


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