A Hebrew Grammar: With a Praxis on Select Portions of Genesis and the Psalms

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Flagg and Gould, 1823 - Hebrew language - 426 pages
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Page 16 - In general, the roots are triliteral, and of two syllables. By far the greater part of the roots are verbs. (c) Pronouns, whether personal or adjective, are, in the oblique cases, united in the same word with the noun or verb to which they have a relation.
Page 14 - The names of the Phoenician and Punic dialects are too few, and too much disfigured, to enable us to judge with certainty how extensively these languages were the same as the dialect of Palestine. 3. The Arabic, to which the Ethiopic bears a special resemblance, has, in modern times, a great variety of dialects, as a spoken language, and is spread over a vast extent of country. But, so far as we are acquainted with its former state, it appears more anciently to have been principally limited to Arabia...
Page 16 - Hebrew language in 1G11 had been a dead language for more than two thousand years, and though these men (the forty-seven translators aforesaid) were renowned for their piety and learning, yet very few, if any of them, were competent to so important a task. In fact, the Hebrew language may be said only to have been recovered within the last century by modern Orientalists : and from the...
Page 24 - Hebraeo-Aramaean, as it was spoken, in the time of our Saviour. From the time when Hebrew ceased to be vernacular, down to the present day, a portion of this dialect has been preserved in the Old Testament. It has always been the subject of study among learned Jews. Before and at the time of Christ, there were flourishing Jewish academies at Jerusalem ; especially under Hillel and Shammai. After Jerusalem was destroyed, schools were set up in various places, but particularly they flourished at Tiberias,...
Page 17 - ... was the author of some other political pieces of a similar description. Among the crimes of this man were the calumnies with which he assailed the character of the queen of France.
Page 326 - For the sake of emphasis, the Hebrews commonly employed most of the words which signify Lord, God, &c., in the plural form, but with the sense of the singular.
Page 15 - ... wherever the Koran has gone, in Turkey, Persia, India, and Tartary. The remains of the ancient Hebrew tongue are contained in the Old Testament and in the few Phoenician and Punic words and inscriptions that have been here and there discovered. The remains of the Aramaean are extant in a variety of books. In Chaldee, we have a part of the books of Daniel and Ezra, Dan. 2:4 to 7:28; Ezra 4:8 to 6:18, and 7:12-26, which are the most ancient of any specimens of this dialect.
Page 23 - How long the Hebrew was retained, both in writing and conversation ; or in writing, after it ceased to be the language of conversation, it is impossible to determine. The coins, stamped in the time of the Maccabees, are all the oriental monuments we have, of the period that elapsed between the latest canonical writers, and the advent of Christ; and the inscriptions on these are in Hebrew. At the time of the Maccabees, then, Hebrew was probably understood, at least, as the language of books ; perhaps,...
Page 24 - ... the language of books : perhaps, in some measure, also, among the better informed, as the language of conversation. But soon after this, the dominion of the Seleucidae, in Syria, over the Jewish nation, uniting with the former influence of the Babylonish captivity, in promoting the Aramaean dialect, appears to have destroyed the remains of proper Hebrew, as a living language and to have universally substituted, in its stead, the Hebraeo-Aramaean, as it was spoken, in the time of our Saviour....
Page 15 - Palestine ; but it now advanced farther west, and during the period that the Christian churches of Syria flourished, it was widely extended. It is at present almost a dead language, and has been so for several centuries. The Hebrew may be regarded as having been a dead language, except among a small circle of literati, for about the space of two thousand years. Our knowledge of Arabic literature extends back very little beyond the time of Mohammed. But the followers of this pretended prophet have...

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