Repetition: Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew
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Prepositions (and the accusative marker אֵת ʾēṯ) are usually repeated in series of nouns in Biblical Hebrew (Brockelmann 1913:464–465; Waltke and O’Connor 1990:222; Joüon and Muraoka 1996:484), for example, וְאֵרַשְׂתִּ֥יךְ לִי֙ בְּצֶ֣דֶק וּבְמִשְׁפָּ֔ט וּבְחֶ֖סֶד וּֽבְרַחֲמִֽים wə-ʾēraśtīḵ lī bə-ṣεḏεq u-ḇ-mišpå̄t u-ḇ-ḥεsεḏ u-ḇ-raḥămīm ‘And I will espouse you with righteousness and justice and with goodness and mercy’ (Hos. 2.21).

However, there are also cases where prepositions are not repeated, for example, וַיֹּ֣אמֶר שְׁמוּאֵ֗ל הַחֵ֤פֶץ לַֽיהוָה֙ בְּעֹל֣וֹת וּזְבָחִ֔ים כִּשְׁ…

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Park, Misop, “Repetition: Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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