Quick Tip: The Article

The (definite) article in Greek is, of course, extremely important – that’s why it’s one of the first things new students learn.

Tip 1: remember that masculine and neuter forms are often identical (making memorisation easier): in the genitive and dative both singular and plural.

Tip 2: apart from the masc and fem nominative singular and plural (i.e. only four forms) the relative pronoun is the same as article, but without the τ (and it always has a rough breathing).


Levinsohn Lessons #1

Yesterday (13/10/10) WEST were lucky enough to have Stephen Levinsohn giving both a research seminar and a two hour Greek class. What follows is a number of posts giving my understanding of what Dr. Levinsohn was saying…

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The Definite Article and the Conjunction

Two more aspects of Hebrew that I need to revise the details of: the article and the conjunction. I am embarrassed to say that I had a quick glance at an old first-year Hebrew exam paper the other day, and I got stuck on the question that said something along the lines of  “Add the correct definite article to these words, ensuring that the pointing is correct”.

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The Article

particualar (articular)
refers to a known person o thingthe man

the man

generic (articular)
refers to an abstract or general thing

(e.g. [the] salvation is from the Jews)

individual (non-articular)
refers to an unknown person/thing e.g.
when introduced for the first time

a man

qualitative (non-articular)
refers to the particular qualitiy
something possesses

God is spirit