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Hebrew Nouns

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  1. Read pages 26-31 in English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew.

  2. Read this chapter from beginning to end but don't study it carefully, especially 4.8, until you have listened to the lecture. In your first read through, you should try to achieve a good understanding of noun gender and number but don't try to thoroughly memorize the noun endings or the rules for noun pluralization.

  3. Listen to Gary's full lecture

  4. Study every section of the chapter carefully, especially 4.8. You will be required to pluralize nouns on quizzes and exams. Be diligent in this study of noun pluralization. Also, study the section on Rules of Shewa in Advanced Section 4.12.

  5. Listen to the vocabulary


Please complete all exercises on pp. 15-19 in the Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook but give special attention to Advanced Exercise: Part 1 (excluding 15-17) and Advanced Exercise: Part 2. You may need to do some searching in the grammar to find all the pluralizations in Advanced Exercise: Part 2.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is defective spelling?

  2. What are geminates?


  1. Exercise Three (on page 15)

  2. Exercise Fifteen (on page 15)

  3. Exercise Seventeen (on page 16)

  4. Exercise Nineteen (on page 16)

Correct your homework with the answer key


  1. Masculine plural nouns end in __________; feminine plural nouns end in ___________.

  2. True or False: Grammatical gender of nouns always follows natural gender.

  3. What is a Segholate noun? What vowel pattern does a Segholate noun take when pluralized?

  4. What is the vowel pattern for pluralization with propretonic reduction?

  5. What is the unique feature of a plural Geminate noun?

  6. Do you fully understand every summary point in section 4.9?

  7. Are you able to recognize the various endings on nouns as presented in 4.2-4.5?

  8. Have you mastered the basic patterns of noun pluralization in 4.8.1-4.8.5? This is the most important section in the chapter.

  9. Do you fully understand the Rule of Shewa that is studied in 4.12.1?


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