|a.||Hebrew has three prepositions which are always prefixed to words. They are (“in, by, with”), (“like, as”), and (“to, for, according to”).1 These prefixed prepositions cannot stand alone as independent words.|
|b.||When attached to a word, the prefixed prepositions are pointed according to the
1 These prefixed prepositions are evidently derived from three independent prepositions:, and , which occasionally occur in poetic texts in the Hebrew Bible. See Kautzsch, §102c. The translations of the prefixed prepositions given here and in the vocabulary list in the exercises are very common meanings. Other translations are also possible, as lexicons indicate.
2 Since each of the prefixed prepositions has several possible translations, one must determine which is most appropriate for its context. In the examples in this section various translations are used for the purpose of illustration.
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Publication information: Book title: Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. Contributors: Robert Ray Ellis - Author. Publisher: Baylor University Press. Place of publication: Waco, TX. Publication year: 2006. Page number: 49.
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