REAL/IRREAL MOOD AND WORD ORDER

In the last postI introduced the concept of real and irreal mood in Biblical Hebrew.  In  this post, we’ll take a look at real and irreal phrases and clauses in the Bible.

Recall that certain grammatical words at the beginning clauses indicate irreal mood.  These include:

  1. The negatives אַל and לֹא;
  2. Conditional clause markers (אִם and כִּי אִם)
  3. Volitional forms: Imperatives (second-person), jussives (second- or third-person), traditionally-called cohortatives (more properly, first-person jussives).
  4. Purpose clause markers, such as לְמַעַן

Both the Imperfect and Perfect forms can express irreal mood. 

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As mentioned in our opening blog post, we are currently running a biblical Hebrew course with the textbook Learning Biblical Hebrew by Karl Kutz and Rebekah Josberger (here are the grammar and workbook on Amazon). The students will be taking their final exam on Thursday, which will bring this course to its conclusion.

Over the next couple of weeks, I plan to read with students from HE101 as a review before beginning the second section of the course—HE102, which will consist of chapters 18 to 33 of the textbook and cover all of the grammar that remains for biblical Hebrew.

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Jonathan and I sat down this morning to begin to lay out a new site for the Hebrew Café. It’s been a while since the last major site update, and with the COVID-19 pandemic having put me out of work and having some extra time on my hands, I figured it was as good a time as any to build a new site and to have Jonathan work with me so that it isn’t a solo project.

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