A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax

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  • Edition: Bilingual
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-11-24
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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This introduces and abridges the syntactical features of the original language of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. Scholars have made significant progress in recent decades in understanding Biblical Hebrew syntax. Yet intermediate readers seldom have access to this progress due to the technical jargon and sometimes-obscure locations of the scholarly publications. This Guide is an intermediate-level reference grammar for Biblical Hebrew. As such, it assumes an understanding of elementary phonology and morphology, and defines and illustrates the fundamental syntactical features of Biblical Hebrew that most intermediate-level readers struggle to master. The volume divides Biblical Hebrew syntax, and to a lesser extent morphology, into four parts. The first three cover the individual words (nouns, verbs, and particles) with the goal of helping the reader move from morphological and syntactical observations to meaning and significance. The fourth section moves beyond phase-level phenomena and considers the larger relationships of clauses and sentences.

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: Part II. Nouns: 1. Nominative
2. Genitive
3. Accusative
4. Apposition
5. Adjectives
6. Determination
Part III. Verbs: 7. Stem
8. Aspect
9. Modals
10. Non-finites
11. Verbal coordination
Part IV. Particles: 12. Prepositions
13. Adverbs
14. Conjunctions
15. Particles of existence/non-existence
16. The Particle of hinneh
Part V. Clauses: 17. Nominal clauses
18. Verbal clauses
19. Interrogative clauses
20. Oath formulae
21. Disjunctive clauses
22. Desiderative or optative clauses
23. Existential clauses
24. Elliptical clauses
25. Negative clauses
26. Subordinate clauses
Part VI. Appendixes: 27. Stem chart
28. Expanded Stem chart.

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