I am currently learning Hebrew and I'm confused over the word father (Aba).

Why does the Hebrew word for father have א on the end of אבא if you can use Niqqud?

Also, are you supposed to spell father as אַבָּא OR אַבַא?

Thank you.

  • Welcome to MY! The word is most probably of Aramaic origin. Although I have to say, your question might be off topic on this site. – Kazi bácsi Jan 27 '19 at 12:39
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אבא is an Aramaic for האב. In general, the definitive article ה in Hebrew becomes the final א in Aramaic.

Compare אמא - האם, סבא - הסב, רבא - הרב and more.

The right Nikkud is a Komotz: אַבָּא שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם.

  • Thank you. I still don't understand why there is a need for this letter though. – mike1024 Jan 27 '19 at 17:31
  • @mike1024 He’s saying that the word isn’t originally a Hebrew word, but rather an Aramaic one, where the grammar rules are different. – DonielF Jan 27 '19 at 18:13

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