Winter Term, 2017

Instructor: Walter C. Bouzard, Ph.D.
Office: Grossmann 101 D
email: chip.bouzard@wartburg.edu
Phone: 352-8235 (O); 352-2140 (H)

Office Hours: M, F 1:15-2:15 PM, T 9:35 - 11:25 AM
or by Appointment (see my schedule here)


Catalog Description:

·        Reading course from the Hebrew Scriptures. Continues from one term to the next. May repeat for

                    ·        Yes, it is idiotic to put the catalog description of a course in which you are already enrolled in the
                         syllabus, but the syllabi police make me do this.

Learning Outcomes:

·        Improve reading proficiency of biblical Hebrew

·        Master nuances of Hebrew grammar in prose and poetry

Class Meetings

·        Tuesdays @ 7:45-9:25 am, location TBA

·        ½ credit


·        Successful completion of HB 201 and 202 (or equivalent courses)

Required Books

·       Brown, Driver & Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament with an Appendix Containing Biblical Aramaic. Oxford. Clarendon, 1907.

·       Williams, Ronald J. Hebrew Syntax:  An Outline. 2d ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1976.

·       Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Edited by Hans Bardtke, Karl Elliger, and Wilhelm Rudolph. In collaboration with H. P. Ruger, J. Ziegler, and G. E. Weil. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelstiftung, 1977.

Recommended Books

·       Davidson, Benjamin. The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon Every Word and Inflection of the Hebrew Old Testament Arranged Grammatically and with Grammatical Analyses, a Complete Series of Hebrew and Chaldee Paradigms, with Grammatical Remarks and Explanations. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1986.  [If you do not have access to some computer program that parses/analyses verbs for you].

Course Goals:

·        Advanced study of Hebrew grammar

·        Further development of Hebrew vocabulary

·        Readings in prose and poetic texts from the Hebrew Bible (approximately 1/3 poetry and 2/3 prose)

Course Expectations:

·        Faithful and regular attendance.

·        Vigorous participation in readings.

Course Process (for a 1/2 credit course)

·        Meet weekly during the assigned times for reading/translation

·        Prepare roughly six biblical verses for the following session

·        Study vocabulary

Evaluative Procedures:

·        80% on class participation and reading

·        20% divided between a mid-term and a final examination on vocabulary and translation


·        Attendance is assumed. You need not call or e-mail to inform the instructor of your absence. Prolonged absences, however, are a matter of institutional concern. Should you need to miss more than one class in a row due to illness, family emergencies, etcetera, you are urged to follow the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook and, especially, to make contact with the Dean of Student's Office. More than four (3) absences will result in an "F" for the course.

Credit Hour:

·      You may expect to spend at least two hours of time outside of class, completing homework and other assignments, for every hour you spend in class

From the Wartburg Honor Code:

“Students, faculty, and staff of Wartburg College are expected to demonstrate integrity in all endeavors. Students are expected to adhere to four essential principles:

1. Submit only original work and properly cite ideas of others, including fellow students.

2. Refrain from giving or receiving unauthorized aid on examinations and assignments.

3. Report any act that violates these principles.

4. Ask for clarification if uncertain about the expectations on a particular assignment.
Students are responsible for abiding by these principles and opposing academic dishonesty in all academic endeavors.” Source: Student Senate, March 12, 2015.

Students Needing Accommodations:

Qualified students with disabilities are protected from unlawful discrimination by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended. Students requesting academic accommodations due to disabilities must arrange for such accommodations by contacting Derek Solheim, Pathways Center Director. He can be reached at the Pathways Center, (319) 352-8425, or by e-mail derek.solheim@wartburg.edu. Presenting documentation of a disability early is helpful and often necessary to secure needed materials in a timely way. Accommodations should be requested PRIOR to affected assignment due dates. Accommodations will not be provided retroactively.

Students Needing Accommodations:

 The specific readings will be determined by consensus of the students and instructor.

Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination:  

Wartburg College is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, sex-based harassment, non-consensual sex acts, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, and stalking. Wartburg College considers sex discrimination in all forms to be a serious offense and it will not be tolerated.

The Wartburg College’s Title IX, Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy, following national guidance from the Office of Civil Rights, requires that faculty follow Wartburg’s policy as a “mandatory reporter” of any personal disclosure of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and/or violence related experiences or incidents shared with the faculty member in person, via email, and/or in classroom settings. These disclosures include but are not limited to reports of personal relationship abuse, relational/domestic violence, and stalking. While faculty are often able to help students locate appropriate channels of assistance on campus, disclosure by the student to the faculty member requires that the faculty member inform appropriate Wartburg personnel to help ensure that the student’s safety and welfare is being addressed, even if the student requests that the disclosure not be shared.

For confidential counseling support and assistance on campus, please contact:

Wartburg College Counseling Services, 319-352-8596
Wartburg College Campus Pastors, 319-352-8217

For private, but not confidential, resources on campus, please contact:
John Myers, Director of Campus Security, 319-352-8372
Jamie Hollaway, Title IX Coordinator, 319-352-8418
Cassie Hales, Director of Residential Life, 319-352-8260
Dr. Dan Kittle, VP of Student Life, 319-352-8745
Campus Security officers and residence hall directors