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Chapter One. (On the Purpose of the Discipline of Grammar)

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This chapter presents texts, translations and a concise abridgement of al-Kāfī fī al-Luġa that comprised all its chapters, with a few exceptions, as well as some additions not included in al-Kāfī. The need to study Hebrew grammar is caused by the obligation to know the true meaning of the words of the Lawgiver, may He be exalted. This knowledge cannot be attained by anyone uneducated in Hebrew language because an uneducated person will commit errors and be mistaken. One such mistake that people make is to incorrectly translate אָבֵל מצרים as 'the mourning of Egypt'. A translation of בְלו דְבָר as a place-name is more correct than the one offered by a person uneducated in the ways of the language.

Keywords: al-Kāfī fī al-Luġa; Hebrew grammar; Hebrew language; mourning of Egypt



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