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Preparatory Reading


R. Coggins, Introducing the Old Testament. (O.U.P., 1990)

S.E. Gillingham, One Bible, many voices: different approaches to biblical studies. (S.P.C.K., 1988)

J. Rogerson (ed.), Beginning Old Testament study. (S.P.C.K.,1983)

J. Rogerson and P.R. Davies, The Old Testament world (C.U.P., 1989)

J. Weingreen, Introduction to the critical study of the text of the Hebrew Bible. (O.U.P., 1982)

A. Saenz-Badillos, A History of the Hebrew Language. (C.U.P., 1993)


Biblical Hebrew Language

Teaching in the first term is based on:

J. Weingreen, A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew (2nd edition), 1979, London: Oxford University Press.

The more of this that can be mastered in advance, the easier the first few weeks of term will be.


The following books will also be used:

Medieval Hebrew

de Lange, Nicholas. Atlas of the Jewish World, Oxford, 1984

de Lange, Nicholas (ed). An Illustrated History of the Jewish People, London: Aurum books, New York: Harcourt Brace, Tokoy:Key Porter Books, 1997

Yehoshua, A. B. A Journey to the End of the Millennium, tr. N. de Lange London, 1999.

Cole, P. The Dream of the Poem, Princeton, n.d. 


Modern Hebrew

Alter, R. Modern Hebrew literature, Behrman House, New York, 1975

Ben-Sasson, H. H. (ed), A history of the Jewish people, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1976

Carmi, T. The Penguin book of Hebrew verse, Allen Lane, London, 1981

Eagleton, T. Literary theory : an introduction, Basil Blackwell, 1983

Halkin, S. Modern Hebrew literature, Schocken, New York, 1970

Katz, J. Exclusiveness & tolerance, Jewish-Gentile relations in medieval and modern times, Schocken, New York, 1962

Kutscher, E. Y. A History of the Hebrew language, Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 1984

Marx, A. & Margolis, M. History of the Jewish people, Atheneum, New York, 1972

Shaked, G. Eight great Hebrew short novels, New American Library, New York, 1983

Steiner, G. After Babel, aspects of language and translation, Oxford University Press, 1992


Students are encouraged to read as many translated modern Hebrew works as possible, especially works by: A. Appelfeld, D. Grossman, A. Oz and A. B. Yehoshua.



B.W. Anderson, The living world of the Old Testament (Longman, 4th edn., 1988)

J. Barton, Reading the Old Testament (Darton, Longman and Todd, 1984)

R.E. Friedman, Who wrote the Bible? (Jonathan Cape, 1988)

J.H. Hayes, An Introduction to Old Testament study (SCM, 1982) 



J.H. Hayes and J.M. Miller, Israelite and Judaean history (SCM, 1977)

H. Jagersma, A history of Israel in the Old Testament period (SCM, 1982)

K.M. Kenyon, revised by P.R.S. Moorey, The Bible and recent archaeology. (British Museum, 1987)

J.M. Miller and J.H. Hayes, A history of ancient Israel and Judah. (SCM, 1986)

H. Shanks (ed.), Ancient Israel. (S.P.C.K., 1989)