An Introductory Grammar of Rabbinic Hebrew
In Greek and Roman Palestine we find a Hebrew dialect that had existed alongside the literary language of Biblical Hebrew but had followed its own pattern of development. After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis elevated this dialect to the status of a literary language, 'Rabbinic Hebrew', and employed it in the composition of the Mishnah, Tosefta, and halakhic "midrashim," This volume is a practical grammar of Rabbinic Hebrew that brings M.H. Segal's 1927 grammar up to date by incorporating the results of recent investigations in this field. It also adds a clearly pedagogic perspective, with vocabulary and exercises in every unit, and introduces readers to the thinking of the Sages of Israel (each unit commences with a text that bears on a theological, historical, literary, or methodological topic).
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1 Absolute and construct 68
Perfect relates to past sometimes present B Participle
Reflexive and reciprocal structures
Unit 2 Imperative
Prepositions and conjunctions
BH and RH demonstratives 4 Strengthened forms 5
Gender and number of nouns
Tenses and moods
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20 Sources Abot adjective amoraim Aramaic Aramaic influence attested Babylonian Bar-Asher BH form Bible biblical text clause conjugations construct chain context Dead Sea Scrolls dialect E.Y. Kutscher Eduy Eleazar ben Azariah employed Erub example exegetical expression feminine formula function Grammar and usage Greek halakhic Hebrew Hif'il Hitpa'el Ill Grammar imperative imperfect infinitive interpretation introduced Introductory text IQIK Israel lamed-he language literally loanwords manuscripts masculine meaning midrashic midrashim Mishnah Mishnaic Hebrew Morphology Moses Nazirite Nif'al noun oneself Palestinian participle particle perfect Phraseology Pi'el plural preposition pronoun Qumran rabbinic reference reflexive rnin Sanh Scripture Segal sense Shab Shekhinah Sifra singular structure tannaitic third person tion Torah Tosefta TosSot tradition Unit usually verbs Vocabulary words