VadimCherny at mail.ru
Mon Sep 12 12:18:30 EDT 2005
Whether a translation asnwers a particular question is irrelevant, though
one can prefer "I am" to "I will be" only on theological grounds. What is
relevant, is grammatical correctness. I showed few weeks ago on this list
that a theory of tenseless Hebrew is absurd, and Hebrew use of tenses is
perfectly consistent. Grammatically, the meaning is "I will be."
> I also think that I AM who I AM is better because I think that it answer
Moses' question. What is your name?
> In my mind "I will who I will be." be does not answer the question.
> Kelton Graham
> KGRAHAM0938 at comcast.net
> -------------- Original message --------------
> > On 11/09/2005 18:35, Vadim Cherny wrote:
> > >...
> > >
> > >- If Ex3:14 contains the name, it could only be "I will be that I will
> > be," a theologically odd notion that God is not currently present. The
> > translation "I am that I am" hinges on the wrong theory that Hebrew
> > tenses. Even in that theory, reading grammatical future tense as present
> > is extremely unusual.
> > >
> > >
> > Indeed it would be unusual to read anything as future tense if Hebrew
> > has no tenses! But you misunderstand the theory. On that theory the
> > YIQTOL form used here is not in any sense a future tense, but a timeless
> > continuous verb form.
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