Cases in Biblical Hebrew?

In my videos you will often here me use the terms ‘accusative,’ ‘genitive,’ and ‘nominative.’  You will also see these terms in your more traditional grammars, like Gesenius-Kautzsch and Joüon-Muraoka and even more linguistically informed grammars like Waltke-O’Connor.  But are these acceptable terms to use in describing Hebrew grammar? Continue reading “Cases in Biblical Hebrew?”

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.


Joüon-Muraoka, §131i, §132g.

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”