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This course is a continuation of HEB 131: First-Year Biblical Hebrew. You’ll need to complete that course before you begin this one.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze and discuss the fundamental elements of Hebrew grammar.
  2. Read and translate elemental biblical historical narrative texts with limited use of a lexicon.
  3. Analyze and parse the verbal system: pa'al, niphal, piel, pual, hiphil, hophal, hithpael.
  4. Define approximately 400 vocabulary words.

Course Materials

The required materials for this course include a textbook and a CD-ROM:

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The course is organized into 29 lessons. Each lesson corresponds with the principles in Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, beginning with lesson 27. Careful reading of the lesson material is essential to success in this course. Each lesson includes learning activities to give you the opportunity to practice your skills.

Each lesson ends with a Self Check exercise to help you assess your understanding of the lesson material. After you finish each lesson, you will complete a computer-graded assignment covering the same concepts and vocabulary.

Self Check Exercises

Each lesson includes a Self Check exercise to help you assess your comprehension of the lesson concepts. The questions on the Self Check focus on vocabulary and grammar and include a translation assignment. Completing the Self Check exercise is an important step in preparing for the graded assignment. Self Checks do not count toward your course grade, and you can take them multiple times, as needed.

Speedback Assignments

Speedback assignments consist of objective questions that assess your understanding of the lesson material, with a focus on vocabulary, grammar, and translation of Hebrew to English. These assignments do count toward your course grade, and you may take them only once.

Computer-graded assignments score your answers immediately and provide feedback tailored to any wrong responses you may make.

Note: The Speedback assignments are only available online.

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Due to the nature of this course's learning outcomes, the exams are only available in a paper format. Please plan for shipping time.

This course includes a midcourse and a final exam. The exams give you the opportunity to demonstrate your proficiency with vocabulary and grammar principles and ask you to synthesize your knowledge by translating Hebrew sentences into English.

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Your grade is based on your performance on the lesson assignments, the midcourse exam, and the final exam, according to this weightingthe following:

Here is the breakdown:

Grade Percentage Range
A 100 93
A- 92 90
B+ 89 87
B 86 83
B- 82 80
C+ 79 75
C 74 70
C- 69 65
D+ 64 60
D 59 55
D- 54 50
E (fail) 49 0

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The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


29 computer-graded assignments.


A computer-graded midcourse exam and an instructor-graded final exam; may retake each once for a fee; must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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