A Critical Grammar of the Hebrew Language, Volume 1

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Wiley & Putnam, 1845 - Hebrew language
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Page vi - ... occulta ; and such doubtless it will continue, so long as we shall remain ignorant of the nature of the union existing between the body and the soul. For the present therefore we must rest content with the ability to trace the connection of such of these representatives of ideas with their originals, as are rather imitations of material sounds than the immediate production of the operations of the mind, viz. onomatopees ; while that which exists between those words and their primary cause, whose...
Page 130 - Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head : and I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it...
Page iv - East, — and, having reached the banks of the remote Indus, by investigating the venerable 'tongues there still existing, discovers the means and the manner of exchanging their ideas which men have employed from the birth of time ; with the knowledge thus acquired, he applies himself anew to the examination of his native tongue and of those more nearly related to it, whose structure now presents to his delighted view a philosophical symmetry and beauty of which before he possessed not the slightest...
Page vi - Since the external sound belongs entirely to the material and the idea which it represents as exclusively to the immaterial world, the two stand at a distance so remote from each other, that the connection between them has hitherto been a complete res occulta ; and such doubtless it will continue, so long as we shall remain ignorant of the nature of the union existing between the body and the soul. For the present, therefore, we must rest content, with the ability to trace the connection of such...
Page x - ... rest And this will always be that which lies nearest the soul of man, and is most likely first to affect it ; for the first activity of the organs is exerted to produce a primitive word, and the first causes of such activity are the earliest impressions of the soul. Secondly. In endeavouring to ascertain the primitive by its./bm, we must seek out that word which presents the least complexity in its appearance.
Page 51 - Keri," we have learned to mispronounce as Jehovah. No one can tell now with any certainty what are its true vowels; probably it should be read as Yahveh. With such awe was the word regarded that it was forbidden to be uttered by any except the high priest, and by him only once a year in the Holy of Holies.1 On all other occasions the word 1 One old legend tells that whenever the high priest pronounced the name it was heard as far as to Jericho, but all the hearers immediately forgot it. Later stories...
Page 105 - ... by suffixing li; as, achukmali, to make good; Ivshpali, to make hot, to heat. Of these suffixes, chi denotes the causing of the action signified by the primitive verb; as, kvllochi, to harden, from kvllo, to be hard; kolichi, to cause to break, from koli, to break; chechi suffixed to a verb denotes the causing by its own subject of the performance of the action signified by the verb by another subject on an object expressed or understood; as, vno vt vlla yj ikhish a.
Page ix - The mutations produced by this mode of designating related ideas may be denominated EXTERNAL. They are far more decided and important than those of the preceding kind ; for as the word becomes increased, its objectivity is enlarged, and the greater are the changes it admits. As a result of this variety in the modes of constructing expressions for ideas similar to those already denoted by words, we find that not only is derivation...
Page xv - Ewald, but the faculty of walking in it is more perfect in Gesenius. However, let us hear Nordheimer : ' Ewald was the first who showed to any considerable degree that the modern improvements in philology have extended to the Hebrew — a language that has of late years attracted an increasing share of notice, particularly since its acquisition has been facilitated, and its importance to the philologist enhanced, by the learned labours of Gesenius. But the very attention thus drawn to the Hebrew...
Page vii - ... nations, to denote the same idea. Still we must not expect to find this internal relation displayed in an objective resemblance of all languages to each other : since in the very moment of its birth an idea may be perceived in modes as various as the innumerable degrees in which mental...

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