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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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31 The Forms of the Doubled Stems


31.1 Overview

31.2 Common Features

Dagesch Forte

In all forms of the doubled stems, the middle radical is doubled (Dagesch forte). As a characteristic of formation, the vowels in the strong syllable (thus before the doubled consonant) appear unchanged. ← 90 | 91 →

The doubling does not occur when the middle radical is a guttural or a Resch (→ §§ 9 and 34).

The Dagesch forte can drop out when the middle radical does not belong to the group of BeGaDKeFaT and has a Schwa with it (→ § 5.2).

The vowel after the 2nd radical is e or a and disappears before vowel afformatives.

31.3 Pi‘el

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