A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax

A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax

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By (author) Bill T. Arnold, By (author) John H. Choi

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 24 November 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521533481
  • ISBN 13: 9780521533485
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Illustrations note: 2 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 103,540

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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.

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'Arnold and Choi have given to all who love the Hebrew Scriptures a clear, concise, correct and carefully prepared guide to Biblical Hebrew syntax, helping its students to interpret scriptures more accurately.' Bruce K. Waltke 'What a joy to read! ... The concept of having something to put into students' hands after a year of grammatical study that attempts to lead them further into making sense of the Hebrew text is a wonderful and commendable goal ... This is a long-overdue book.' Roy L. Heller, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University 'This is a highly useful book. It is brief and concise, yet is long enough to provide helpful and detailed descriptions (along with copious examples) that condense and distill the best of recent developments in Hebrew grammar and syntax ... Students and instructors of Biblical Hebrew will want and need this volume on their shelves.' Brent A. Strawn, Candler School of Theology, Emory University 'This book would have been a great help to me ... Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax ... meets a real need on the part of those who having begun the study of Hebrew wish to move on ... a warm welcome for a book that will surely enlighten its intended readership ...' The Expository Times 'Though most students will use it as a reference grammar and consult it via the scriptural index, it may be used as an excellent study guide as well.' International Review of Biblical Studies '... this is a helpful volume that will be a welcome aid to advanced undergraduate and to postgraduate students of Biblical Hebrew.' Journal of Hebrew Studies

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.