Hebrew Pronouns

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Chapter Material

  1. Read pages 47-54 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. In the first read through, don't try to memorize the forms of the independent personal pronoun (8.3) or those of the demonstrative (8.6); just get a good sense of how these pronouns and adjectives are used. Read through 8.9 and 8.10 with a view to understanding how these pronouns are used as well.

  3. Listen to Gary's full lecture

  4. Study every section of the chapter. Now memorize every form on the charts in 8.3 and 8.6. You will be required to produce these forms in Hebrew on quizzes and exams.

  5. Listen to the vocabulary


Please complete the following exercises:

  1. Translation, Part 1 (1-10) on p. 35

  2. Translation, Part 2 (1-10) on p. 36

  3. Translation, Part 3 (1-5) on pp. 36-37

  4. Bible translations (1-7) on p. 37 in the Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook. Do not do the composition exercise on p. 38.

  5. For the Bible translations on p. 37, 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 know when a demonstrative is functioning as a pronoun and when it is functioning as an adjective?


  1. Exercise Three (page 37)

  2. Exercise Nine (page 37)

  3. Exercise Ten (page 38)

  4. Exercise Eleven (page 38)

Correct your homework with the answer key


  1. When a Hebrew demonstrative is functioning as a pronoun, it will _________ the noun and agree in _________ and _________.

  2. When a Hebrew demonstrative is functioning as an adjective, it will _________ the noun and agree in _________, _________ and _________.

  3. What word functions as the Hebrew relative pronoun?

  4. True or False: When the interrogative particle is placed at the end of a sentence, the reader knows that it is a question.

  5. Do you fully understand every summary point in section 8.11?

  6. Can you write in Hebrew every form of the independent personal pronoun paradigm in section 8.3?

  7. Can you do the same for the demonstrative paradigm in 8.6?

  8. Have you observed which forms are the same in these two paradigms?

  9. Can you distinguish between a demonstrative adjective and a demonstrative pronoun? This is important. If you cannot distinguish between the two, study 8.7 more carefully.


The quiz for this chapter is included in the quiz for chapter 9.

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