Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Benjamin Kantor


University of Texas

Benjamin Kantor

Contact

  • Office: CAL 5
  • Office Hours: Monday 12:30-2:00pm, Thursday 1:00-2:30pm

Interests


Biblical Hebrew, Historical Hebrew, Hebrew Reading Traditions, Medieval Hebrew Grammarians, Comparative Semitics, Arabic, Comparing Biblical/Arabic Literature, Koine Greek, Biblical Greek

Courses


HEB 612C • Intensive Biblical Hebrew II

40655 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 2.118

The goal of this course is to equip the intermediate student of Biblical Hebrew to become a more independent and proficient reader of the biblical text. Students will read, listen to, speak, and write about the biblical text in its original language, interacting with prose and poetic texts from a variety of different genres and time periods. Preparation for class will include reading, listening, and homework exercises. Class time will be spent activating common biblical vocabulary and grammar through readings and discussion, and students will be taught how to use the major lexicons and reference grammars of Biblical Hebrew.
                
Prerequisite: Completion of HEB602C with a minimum grade of C.

Texts

1) A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, Jo Ann Hackett (Hendrickson, 2010).
2) Living Biblical Hebrew: Selected Readings with 500 Friends, Randall Buth (Biblical Language Center, 2007).

Grading Policy

Participation 15%; Homework & presentations 25%; Quizzes 30%; Midterm exam 15%; Final exam

HEB 602C • Intensive Biblical Hebrew I

40520 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CAL 422

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the language and setting of the Hebrew Bible. Students will read, listen to, speak, and write about the biblical text in its original language, interacting with a variety of narrative prose texts. Class time will be spent activating common biblical vocabulary and grammar through readings and discussion. Preparation for class will include reading, listening, and homework exercises. 

Texts

Communicative Biblical Hebrew, CLT, Tel Aviv. Book and CDs.

Grading

Class attendance & participation  20%

Quizzes   40%

Homework & presentations    25%

Final exam    15%

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