About these courses

The Beginners’ module aims to give you a grounding in Biblical Hebrew, and a knowledge of the basic tools of translation.

During your studies, you will engage with up-to-date scholarship on the relevant texts and consider (among other things) matters of history, literary analysis, background and theology.

The modules run during the Autumn and Spring Terms, with optional reading sessions in the Summer Term.

They are ideal if you are enrolled on any of our other courses in theology, as they aim to equip you to read a biblical text closely, and support your learning in other subjects, in particular Biblical Studies.

These modules are also open to those not already studying with us, but who wish to explore the biblical languages independently of other study. Once you’ve completed the Beginners’ module, you can progress to the Intermediate module to further develop your fluency and understanding.

The Intermediate module aims to enable you to gain fluency, through reading selected passages of the biblical text; and to develop further your skills in translation and exegesis.


Course details

The courses run for one hour a week and some weekly research assignments in preparation for each class, using the scholarly commentaries.

Course fees: Fees £150 per term (free to current students)

Course dates and times:

  • Beginners’ Hebrew: 1-2pm Wednesdays at West Malling (tutor Simon Stocks)
  • Intermediate Hebrew: probably on zoom, timing tbc (tutor Simon Stocks) please email r.young@staugustinescollege.ac.uk with your preferred day

Term 1: week beginning 12 Sep – 5 Dec, no classes 24-28 Oct / Term 2: 9 Jan – 16 Mar, no classes 13-17 Feb