A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew

A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew

A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew

A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew

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I wish to thank Professor R. M. Gwynn, M.A., B.D., Senior Fellow, Trinity College, Dublin, for his continued interest in this work, for his careful reading of the manuscript and for his generous introductory note. To Professor G. R. Driver, M.A., M.C., Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, I am especially indebted. Professor Driver has been particularly kind in giving me the benefit of his expert help in reading the manuscript, correcting the proofs, offering valuable criticisms and suggestions, and supplying a note in the Appendix on the 'Waw Consecutive'. To the readers of the Clarendon Press my thanks are due for their valuable help in ensuring accuracy.

J. W.

Trinity College, Dublin June 1939

PREFACE TO THE SECOND (REVISED) EDITION

In this revised edition no changes have been made in the presentation of the grammar, the tables of verbs, nouns, and adjectives, or the exercises. However, apart from some minor corrections, the following modifications and additions have been introduced. The transliteration of the spirant letters with the additional 'h' (e.g. bh, gh, kh, &c.) has been abandoned and the more convenient method of transliteration by underlining the letter (e.g. b, g, k, &c.) has been adopted. It is hoped thus to remove any possible confusion in transliteration, particularly in the early stages of study. In order further to assist the student, fresh footnotes have been added and some existing ones expanded. To clarify and complete the rule governing the construct-genitive relation of nouns involving an adjectival idea, a brief note has been added in the Appendix.

The wide adoption of this Hebrew Grammar as a textbook is a matter of deep gratification to me. I trust that the improvements embodied in this revised edition will contribute further towards the realization of the aims of the book.

J. W.

Trinity College, Dubiln August 1957 . . .

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