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Use of the definite article and object marker in Hebrew - overview

This page investigates the use in Biblical Hebrew of the definite article ha-, and object marker ’eth-. The definite article is not found in Ugaritic, old Akkadian, or Egyptian. The direct object of a sentence is indicated by a case ending in these languages, rather than by a prefix marker. It has been suggested that an intermediate stage in Hebrew might have been a prefixed t-, finally evolving to ’eth-.

The companion pages look at poetic and narrative portions of the Old Testament to ascertain if there is any supporting evidence for a scarcity of these prefixes in earlier portions.

The conclusions are as follows:

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