A little something about prepositions . . .

In Ruth 1:5b we came across two ‘min’ prepositions:

מִשְּׁנֵי יְלָדֶיהָ וּמֵאִישָׁהּ

Anytime a preposition governs more than 1 word in the same clause, the preposition is repeated.

See other examples: Gen 1:14, 3:21, 32:19; Exod 6:3; 2 Sam 7:8, etc.

Resource:

Joüon-Muraoka, §131i, §132g.

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Arabic and Hebrew grammar

In the introduction to this site I mentioned that I will be using traditional grammatical categories for describing Hebrew grammar: accusative of specification, intensive Pi”el, absolute object, etc.  These are categories you’ll usually find in grammars like Gesenius-Kautzsch, Joüon-Muraoka, and even to some degree Waltke-O’Connor.

In comparison, newer grammars—like van der Merwe-Naudé-Kroeze, Andersen-Forbes, Rocine’s beginning grammar, and even Waltke-O’Connor (to some degree)—use terminology and categories based on various linguistic models. Continue reading “Arabic and Hebrew grammar”