FL

Classical Hebrew Poetry

The problem of defining and understanding what is “poetic” in classical Hebrew. Theories of Hebrew poetry from Lowth to Kugel and O’Connor illustrated with readings from Psalms, Isaiah, Job, and Jeremiah. One year of classical Hebrew required. Consent of instructor required. Also taught as OLDTEST861. One course.

Hebrew Prose Narrative

Focus on the grammar, syntax, and prose style of classical Hebrew composition; a comparative reading of modern and precritical Jewish and Christian commentary. Readings spanning the spectrum from the early Hebrew prose of Genesis and I and II Samuel to the late compositions of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah. One year of classical Hebrew required. Consent of instructor required for undergraduates. Also taught as OLDTEST860. One course.