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Course unit
SUP4064551, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IA0280, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SEMITIC PHILOLOGY: BIBLICAL HEBREW
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SALVATORE GASPA L-OR/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-OR/07 Semitistics - Languages and Literature of Ethiopia 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 GASPA SALVATORE (Presidente)
7 Commissione 2018/19 01/06/2019 30/11/2019 GASPA SALVATORE (Presidente)

Prerequisites: No prerequisites.
Target skills and knowledge: Descriptive knowledge of the principal languages of Semitic. Knowledge of the introductory elements of comparative grammar of the Semitic languages.
Knowledge of the ancient Hebrew writing in the printed square version of the "Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia".
Basic knowledge of the grammar and of the syntax of the ancient Hebrew language.
Full understanding of Biblical passages in ancient Hebrew from the Pentateuch and the Psalms.
Examination methods: Final oral exam.
Judgement of knowledge and abilities in the fields of Semitics and biblical Hebrew.
Reading, translation and grammatical comments of passages of the Ancient Testament according to the "Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia" edition.
Assessment criteria: Judgement of the knowledge of the basic grammatical features of the Semitic languages (phonology and morphology).
Jugdment of the knowledge of the main graphic, phonetic, grammatical and syntactic rules of the Biblical Hebrew.
Judgment of the ability in reading, translating, commenting grammatically and syntactically a passage in Biblical Hebrew.
Course unit contents: Learning of the introductory elements about classification of the Semitic languages, general features of Semitic phonology and morphology, history and geographical distribution of the Semitic languages and major writing systems of the Semitic languages.
Learning of the system of the square Hebrew writing.
Exercises of reading and writing.
Basic elements of phonology, grammar and syntax.
Learning in detail of some aspects of grammar (nouns and adjectives, verbs, adverbs, subjunctions and particles) and syntax.
Exercises of reading, translation, grammatical and syntactical commentary.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The Semitic languages: Classification. Introductory elements to Semitic phonology and morphology. Introduction to history and geography of the Semitic languages. Introduction to the major writing systems of the Semitic languages.
The Biblical Hebrew language: structure and relations with the other Semitic languages.
Elements of phonology, grammar and syntax.
Reading, and grammatical and syntactical commentary of some selected texts of the Ancient Testament.
Front lessons and exercise of reading, translation, and grammatical and syntactical comment on Biblical Hebrew.
Additional notes about suggested reading: A steady attendance to the lessons is highly recommended, especially for the part concerning biblical Hebrew grammar.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Garbini, Giovanni; Durand, Olivier, Introduzione alle lingue semitiche (Studi sul Vicino Oriente antico 2). Brescia: Paideia, 1994. Vale anche qualsiasi ristampa posteriore. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Carrozzini, Antonio, Grammatica della lingua ebraica. Casale Monferrato: Marietti, 1997. Vale qualsiasi ristampa successiva dell'edizione originaria. Prenotare il volume con anticipo rispetto all'inizio del corso. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Merlo, Paolo (a cura di), L'Antico Testamento. Introduzione storico-letteraria. Roma: Carocci, 2008. Le sole pp. 35-48, 99-127, 241-257. Vale anche qualsiasi ristampa posteriore. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback

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