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Hebrew—An Introduction to Reading the Old Testament
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Lesson 2: Verbs—perfect
Review (step 9 of 9)
Moving forward

We have officially jumped into the deep end of verbs and you have not yet drown! Before we continuing swimming in the deep end of Hebrew grammar, take some time to review what we have learned. As in lesson 1, the recipe for review is below–songs, vocab and grammar.
What we learned this lesson
  1. Verbs are the anchor of a language
  2. Parsing categories for verbs
    • stem  the template of the verb
    • aspect  the angle of the verb
    • person  helps identify the verb’s subject
    • gender  helps identify the verb’s subject
    • number  helps identify the verb’s subject
  3. Person abbreviations
    • 1 = 1st person
    • 2 = 2nd person
    • 3 = 3rd person
  4. Gender abbreviations
    • m = masculine
    • f = feminine
    • c = common (i.e. the gender is not indicated)
  5. Number abbreviations
    • s = singular
    • p = plural
  6. The perfect paradigm
    • strong verbs (אָמַר)
    • hollow verbs (בּוֹא)
    • weak final letter (הָיָה)
  7. The meaning of the perfect aspect
    • viewed as complete
    • most often past actions
    • also: expresses state, prophetic certainty, timeless proverbs
  8. The prefix ו = “and” or any other conjunction
  9. Sequential-perfect paradigm has same form as “normal” ו + perfect
  10. The meaning of the sequential-perfect
    • imperfect aspect
    • implies sequence
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In this lesson, we would like to share with you one of the oldest Hebrew Christian publishers in Israel.