Gen 21.26

Matthew Anstey manstey at
Sat Jun 5 18:20:00 EDT 1999

Gday all,

Thanks for all the help on enclitic mems, ipps, verbless clauses, and
leprosy. It will all be used.

This time I have a simpler question about the use of bilti in Gen 21.26. It
seems best to fit into the description of "exceptive clause" in W&O 38.6. In
interlinear format:

wegam		'anoki		lo'	shama`ti	bilti		hayyom
and.also	myself		not	I.heard.[it]	except		today

Is the meaning do you think, "Nor have I heard of it until today". If bilti
is best rendered as "until" here, then we will probably gloss it as "until"
and attach a note, but I justed wanted other opinions before doing this. Is
it possible that the sentence means something else? Is BDB correct in
implying that bilti forms an exceptive clause when preceded by lo'?

Thanks very much,
Matthew Anstey
on behalf of Summer Institute of Linguistics.
BART (Biblical Analysis and Research Tool) Software Development
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