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Definite Article and Conjunction Waw

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Chapter Material

  1. Read pages 32-35 in English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew.

  2. Read this chapter from beginning to end but don't study it carefully until you have listened to the lecture. This is not a difficult chapter. You will understand much of its content on the first read through.

  3. Listen to Gary's full lecture

  4. Study every section of the chapter carefully. You must be able to recognize the various spellings of the definite article and the conjunction. From now on, the expectation will be that you learn the vocabulary for each chapter by the end of the week in which the particular chapter has been studied.

  5. Listen to the vocabulary


Please complete all the exercises on pp. 21-23 in the Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook. For the Bible translations on p. 23, you may need to consult the Hebrew-English Lexicon in the back of the grammar for unfamiliar words. The lexicon begins on p. 446.

Frequently asked questions

  1. How do I pronounce and syllabify words beginning with conjunction w> written as W?

  2. Why are some initial begadkephat letters lacking the Daghesh Lene?

  3. What is Virtual Doubling?


  1. Exercise Three (on page 23)

  2. Exercise Four (on page 23)

  3. Exercise Eight (on page 23)

Correct your homework with the answer key


  1. How is a Hebrew noun made definite?

  2. What is compensatory lengthening?

  3. What is virtual doubling?

  4. What is the “bump” rule?

  5. True or False: The Hebrew conjunction  וְ  can function independently or be prefixed to another word.

  6. Do you fully understand every summary point in section 5.8?

  7. Do you have any uncertainty about the pattern of compensatory lengthening when it relates to the definite article (5.4.1)? Or virtual doubling (5.4.2)?

  8. Do you understand the six basic ways that the conjunction can be spelled? The most frequent, however, are the two ways presented in 5.7.1 and 5.7.2. You must know these two spellings.

  9. Have you been keeping up on your vocabulary memorization in chapters 3-5?


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