Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Sarah Baker


LecturerPhD, 2018, The University of Texas at Austin

Sarah Baker

Contact

  • Office: CAL 417
  • Office Hours: MW 12:30-2:30
  • Campus Mail Code: F9400

Interests


Biblical Hebrew, Language Pedagogy, Linguistics, Comparative Semitics

Courses


HEB 611C • Intensive Hebrew II

40570 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.206

Course Description

The course, which builds upon HEB 601C, emphasizes composition, comprehension and conversation in Modern Hebrew, and provides a segue to upper-division Hebrew courses such as Hebrew Grammar, Advanced Conversation and Composition, and Introduction to Hebrew Literature. Oral discourse is maintained at maximal level, and small group/individual instruction sessions supplement the regular class routine. Audio-visual materials are frequently used. Students write short papers, present topics to the class and lead class discussions. Active participation in class discussions is a decisive element in students' participation grade. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew.

Grading Policy

Participation 15%; Quizzes 30%; Homework 20% Presentations 5%; Midtem exam 10%; Final exam 20% May vary with instructor.

Texts

Information on texts will be provided by the instructor.

 

This course meets Monday through Friday. Please check the online course schedule for TTH meeting time and location.

MEL 321 • Biblical Poetry

40734 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 304
GC (also listed as MES 342)

This course introduces students to the variety of poetic genres in the Old Testament. We will examine their forms, functions, and parallels in other Near Eastern literature. The goal of this course is to equip students with the tools to read biblical poetry closely, recognizing its characteristic features and the rhetorical strategies by which the ancient poets communicated with their audience. We will explore the historical and literary setting of each genre of biblical poetry—prayers, wisdom literature, lament, etc.— to determine what distinguishes each category and what stylistic features they share.

HEB 381H • Intensive Hebrew I

40236 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 2.118
(also listed as HEB 601C)

This course is the first semester of intensive Hebrew language instruction.

Texts

Raizen, Modern Hebrew for Beginners

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

HEB 612C • Intensive Biblical Hebrew II

40995 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 208

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

41220 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CAL 323

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 (Jerusalem: Biblical Language Center, 2005)

A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (with CD), Jo Ann Hackett (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2010)

 

Grading: To be provided by instructor.

 

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.

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 15%

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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