weqatal in Jdg 3:23

yochanan bitan ButhFam at compuserve.com
Sun Oct 4 07:04:14 EDT 1998


just saw your weqatal note. i think your own instrincts are in the right
you need to add two more views:

5. veqatal = and he was in process of locking  (the locks)  . . .
(equivalent tense-aspect to yiqtol). 
(this occurs elsewhere, 2 Sam 13.18)
here: multiple event, more than one lock on plural doors, 
providing a pause as scene switches.

6. veqatal = veqatol (infinitive absolute, like phoenician. but we don't
really know enough about how this qatol functioned in narrative to
satisfyingly introduce it here.)

i prefer #5, though #1/2 and #6 are not impossible. 
   [another rule of thumb: always interpret the MT as one edition of the
text, even if secondary.]

[your own translation 'locker' overlaps with #5, though you may have overly
restricted the 'reading' of the TAM to a nominalization 'locker'.]

randall buth

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