1 Sam 31:5: was Saul necessarily dead?DW
ButhFam at compuserve.com
Fri Dec 31 06:39:32 EST 1999
>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."
it is more probable, linguistically:
the word order Predicate-Subject is the DEFAULT word order for a suffix
but it is a pragmatically marked order for the participle.
thus, the suffix tense is the first, natural reading in processing. and
would add that you don't go for 'extra' processing unless something pushes
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