1 Sam 31:5: was Saul necessarily dead?DW

yochanan bitan 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
relevance theory 
would add that you don't go for 'extra' processing unless something pushes

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