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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Elementary Biblical Hebrew (Biblical Hebrew 101)


Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format.

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
December 2004 - Present
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Reading and Writing - To prepare for the examination, candidates must be: familiar with the Hebrew alphabet; recognize and employ basic grammatical features of Biblical Hebrew including infinitives, abbreviating prefixes, regular and irregular possessives, prepositions and possessive prepositions, weak letter verbs, regular and irregular construct forms, imperatives, plural and gender indicators, uses of the word "es", the prepositional "heh", the occupational "heh", the vav hahipuch, verb conjugation, adjectives, definite articles, interrogative verb forms, and personal pronouns; correctly translate selected biblical text; and analyze a verb for its root.


Proficiency exam: The proficiency exam process measures a body of knowledge that candidates have acquired through prior learning experiences. Self-Study Format: Students are expected to master recommended readings and study guide materials. Major content areas include: a range of grammatical structures; a general vocabulary sufficient to understand biblical (prose) passages; verbal morphology: root versus pattern (binyan) plus the seven binyanim; completing verb charts for basic verbs into the three tenses for both genders and all persons - singular and plural; constructing state, pronouns, infinitives, possession; and translation of biblical passages taken from the Book of Genesis.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 8 semester hours in Hebrew (5/05) (3/12 revalidation) (3/17 revalidation) (3/22 revalidation). NOTE: A discrete credit recommendation has been established for each language proficiency examination. Some academic institutions may limit the amount of credit that students may earn in this subject area due to certain degree requirements.