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Hebrew—An Introduction to Reading the Old Testament
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Lesson 3: Verbs—imperfect
Review (step 9 of 9)
Reading half of all verbs

We have only learned one verb stem so far (qal) and have not yet covered infinitives, commands or participles. Still, what we have learned already equips you to parse and understand about half of all the verbs which appear in the תנ״ך!

Let’s review the songs, vocab and grammar to make sure you have them down.
What we learned this lesson
  1. The imperfect paradigm
    • strong verbs (שָׁמַר)
    • hollow verbs (בּוֹא)
    • weak final letter (הָיָה)
    • weak first letter (נָתַן)
  2. The meaning of the imperfect aspect
    • viewed as in progress
    • most often present or future actions
    • also: subjunctive, contingency, customary actions, permission
  3. Sequential-imperfect paradigm
    • a-class vowel under the ו conjunction
    • strong verbs (קָרָא)
    • א as first letter in the root (אָמַר)
  4. The meaning of the sequential-imperfect
    • perfect aspect
    • implies sequence
  5. Mainline and offline clauses
  6. The definite article prefix: ה
  7. Word ordering is flexible in Hebrew
Yuval – Worship Center of Music and the Arts

Meet one of the leaders of a music center located in Jerusalem, named Yuval (the name of the first musician mentioned in the Bible—Genesis 4:21). 

(Be sure to turn on closed captions for an English translation.)