zellmer at cag.pworld.net.ph
Tue Jan 5 21:32:13 EST 1999
George Athas wrote:
> If REIYT was in construct, then we would not expect a finite verb to follow it. We would expect perhaps an infinitive of some sort. This is not what we have in the MT. We have a finite verb with a subject and two direct objects. As such, REIYT must be either a conjunction or circumstance.
> Since it is prefixed with a preposition (B), which has not subsumed a definite article, we must understand the first word of Genesis as simply meaning, "At first".
Lloyd Barre and I have been discussing this off-list, and there apparently is a possibility, albeit extremely rare, for a construct with no prepositional force to stand before a non-relative clause. [W&O, 9.6e] A case in point is Hosea 1:2. In their footnote on page 156, W&O state, "This
construction is sometimes associated with Gen. 1:1."
I have a couple of favors to request of you. They make reference to Waltke's article in Bibliotheca Sacra 132 (1975) 216-28, which is concerning the this passage. But I have no access to this journal here in the Philippines. Could one of you with a page-scanner get a copy and send it to me
as an attachment? I certainly would appreciate it. Also, do any of you know of other occurrences of this BH grammatical construction?
Thanks in advance,
Paul and Dee Zellmer, Jimmy Guingab, Geoffrey Beltran
Ibanag Translation Project
zellmer at faith.edu.ph
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