Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar

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Appendix 4
VOCABULARY

The following is an alphabetical list of the words which appear 200 or more times in the Hebrew Bible.1 These words also appear in the vocabulary lists of the lessons in this Grammar. The lesson number in which a vocabulary word was introduced appears in brackets after the word. A few words that occur less than 200 times are included in this vocabulary because of their grammatical importance or their use in paradigms; they are marked with an asterisk. Mastering this list will give beginning students a good working vocabulary for reading biblical Hebrew.

1 In the case of some words that have similar noun and adjective forms, it is difficult to distinguish between the frequency of usage as noun and as adjective. Two such words are

and . The former is listed in this vocabulary in its adjective form and the latter in its noun form.

2 Forms that are irregular, unique, or may otherwise be difficult for the student are given in the Notes.

3 When two forms follow P (plural) or Du (dual), the first is absolute and the second is construct.

4 Verbs appear in their lexical forms; that form is usually perf, qal, 3MS, as with this verb.

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