1 Sam 31:5: was Saul necessarily dead?
dwashbur at nyx.net
Fri Dec 31 00:14:02 EST 1999
> Well, here's an interesting question. Does the phrase in 1 Sam 31:5:
> WAY.AR:) ... KIY M"T $F)UWL
> necessarily mean that Saul was actually dead, or can it mean simply
> that he appeared to the armour bearer to be dead?
> This is actually a question of Hebrew!
And a good one! I'm wondering why we have to consider M"T a
perfect and not a participle? If it's the latter then we read "[he] saw
that Saul was dying."
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.
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