gathas at hotkey.net.au
Thu May 27 07:27:55 EDT 2004
I think it's best not to use concepts from Greek to understand Hebrew concepts -- it can become quite messy and lead you astray. The preterite is a past tense which in Hebrew, when packaged with waw, has a particular narrative function. The construction WAW + PRETERITE adds momentum to a narrative and serves to advance the plot. This makes it slightly different to the Greek Aorist.
Lecturer in Biblical Languages
Southern Cross College
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From: Tony Costa
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Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2004 4:54 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Preterite
Dear friends, can someone clarify whether the preterite in biblical Hebrew functions in the same was the aorist tense functions in biblical Greek? The aorist functions as the simple passive or as the undefined past. Thank you.
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