Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Sarah Baker


B.A. in Biblical Studies and English Language and Literature, Gordon College. M.A. in The Bible and Its World, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ph.D. student in Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East, The University of Texas at Austin

Sarah Baker

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Interests


Biblical Hebrew, linguistics, comparative Semitics, language pedagogy

Biography


The vibrant nature of the Hebrew language first caught my attention during my undergraduate coursework, drawing me to pursue further studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After completing my M.A., I spent the next four years co-writing a Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic curriculum for eTeacher, an Israeli online education company associated with the Hebrew University. I started at the University of Texas in 2011 with a broad range of questions about the Hebrew language: How can we best understand and describe Biblical Hebrew in its various dialects and genres, aided by the tools of comparative Semitics and linguistics? How can we most effectively teach this language, unique as it is both in the diverse nature of its corpus and in the wide range of backgrounds and goals among its would-be students? Over the last several years, I’ve enjoyed exploring these questions with professors and fellow students, especially through the process of redesigning and teaching the department's undergraduate Biblical Hebrew language courses. My specific dissertation topic deals with the social role of the psalms in ancient Israel, but I still continue to work on questions surrounding pedagogy, direct-speech dialogue in biblical narrative, textual transmission and interpretation, etc. 

Courses


HEB 612C • Intensive Biblical Hebrew II

40565 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 1.122

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.Texts1) 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

41655 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 1.118

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

Living Biblical Hebrew: Introduction, Part One. (Randall Buth, Biblical Language Center, Jerusalem, 2005) A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, Jo Ann Hackett (Hendrickson, 2010).

Grading

Class attendance and participation: 15%Homework & presentations: 25%Quizzes: 30%Midterm exam: 15%                                              Final exam: 15%

 

HEB 612C • Intensive Biblical Hebrew II

42030 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CLA 0.124

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

41915 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PAR 306

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. 

Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm PAR 306, TTh 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.206Texts"Living Biblical Hebrew, Introduction - Parts One and Two" (book and CDs). Randall Buth, Biblical Language Center.GradingClass attendance & participation  20%Homework & presentations    25%Quizzes   25%Midterm exam    15%Final exam    15%

 

HEB 346 • Reading Biblical Hebrew II

41530 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 1.106

This course is a direct continuation of HEB 346 Reading Biblical Hebrew I, with particular attention given to the historical development and various genres of the Biblical Hebrew language. The goal of the course is to equip the second-year student of Biblical Hebrew to become a more independent and proficient reader of the biblical text. Students will read, listen to, discuss, and write about the Hebrew Bible in its original language, employing the major lexicons and reference grammars as appropriate. Class time will be spent activating Hebrew vocabulary and grammar by reading and discussing biblical narrative prose and poetic texts. Preparation for class will include reading, listening, and homework exercises.

TEXTS

Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.

Hackett, Jo Ann. A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2010.

Mitchel, Larry. A. A Student's Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. GrandRapids: Zondervan, 1984.

GRADING POLICY

Class attendance and participation: 20%, Quizzes: 25%, Homework & presentations: 25%, Midterm exam:15%,  Final exam: 15%

HEB 346 • Reading Biblical Hebrew I

41320 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM UTC 1.136

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, discuss, and write about the Hebrew Bible in its original language. Class time will be spent activating Hebrew vocabulary and grammar by reading and discussing biblical narrative prose and poetic texts. Students will learn and practice how to use the major lexicons and reference grammars of Biblical Hebrew. Preparation for class will include reading, listening, and homework exercises.

Prerequisite: HEB 509 or equivalent first-year Biblical Hebrew course.

 

TEXTS/READINGS

  • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.
  • Hackett, Jo Ann. A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2010.

GRADING POLICY

Class attendance and participation: 20% Quizzes: 25% Homework & presentations: 25% Midterm exam:15% Final exam: 15%

 

HEB F508 • First-Year Biblical Hebrew I

86660 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-11:00AM CBA 4.338

?COURSE DESCRIPTION

COURSE NUMBER: HEB 508 COURSE TITLE: First-Year Biblical Hebrew I SEMESTER/YEAR: Summer 2012

INSTRUCTOR NAME & RANK: Sarah Baker

CROSS-LISTINGS: n/a PREVIOUS TITLE/COURSE NUMBER: n/a

DESCRIPTION
This course is the first in a sequence of two courses that aim to help students develop the ability to read the Bible in Hebrew. Students will read, listen to, speak, and write about the biblical text in its original language. We will read narrative texts from various parts of the Hebrew Bible, including some of the most revered episodes: the creation story, the tower of Babylon, the binding of Isaac, etc. Class time will be spent activating common biblical vocabulary and reading and discussing texts. Preparation for class will include reading, listening, and homework exercises.

TEXTS/READINGS
Hackett, Jo Ann. A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2010.

GRADING POLICY
Class attendance and participation: 20% Quizzes: 40% Homework & presentations: 25% Final exam: 15%

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