Noun Proper Name


Proper names (usually, of people or places) are a special class of noun called “proper nouns”.


In the example below, מֹשֶׁ֗ה “Moses” is a proper noun (because it is a name), but אִ֖ישׁ “man” is a common noun. Biblical Hebrew does not have capital letters to signify proper names. Proper nouns always appear in the absolute state and are considered 3rd person singular when used as subjects of verbs, direct objects, or referred to by personal pronouns or pronominal suffixes. Proper names can be either masculine or feminine.

Example: NUM 12:3

וְהָאִ֥ישׁ מֹשֶׁ֖ה ענו מְאֹ֑ד

weha’ish mosheh ‘nw me’od

and-the-man Moses humble very

The truth was that Moses was a very humble person