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Grammar of Biblical Hebrew


Wolfgang Schneider

Although Wolfgang Schneider’s Grammatik des biblischen Hebräisch: Ein Lehrbuch serves primarily as an introductory textbook to biblical Hebrew, it makes an invaluable contribution to the text-linguistic study of Hebrew Bible. Schneider’s understanding of narrative syntax and discourse linguistics continues to influence such grammarians as Niccacci and Talstra, through whom his work is validated. His discussion of clauses and text syntax remains pertinent to Hebrew students and professors alike. With this English translation, Schneider’s work may now make a worldwide contribution to biblical studies by clarifying for the student the contribution of text grammar to the reading of the biblical text.
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11 Pronouns


11.1 Overview

11.2 Personal Pronouns

Most of the time, the individual personal pronoun appears as the subject or in apposition to the subject (details → §§ 44, 47 and 52).

The pronoun of the 1st person has one common form for both genders. Forms are different in the 2nd and 3rd person masculine and feminine. There is not a neuter form. In cases where we would put a neuter in German, a feminine form is often used (→ § 11.4).

11.3 Suffixes

Suffixes are personal pronouns that have been connected to form an ending with the preceding word. They appear on particles, nouns, and verbs. (Forms → § 11.1)


The forms of suffixes are basically always the same. However, in cases of additions on particles, nominals, and verbs, some distinctive features arise → §§ 12.1–12.5, § 14.2, § 17 and § 33. ← 34 | 35 →

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