Prefix or Imperfect, Qal or D

Paul Zellmer zellmer at
Wed Sep 15 20:16:59 EDT 1999


Assuming that you are referring to beginning students in the
Christian/semi-Christian environment in the States, you at least need to
make correlation between the term you use and the (perfect, imperfect,
Qal, Piel) set.  This is because the lexicons that are generally used
use these terms, and the student will need to know where certain forms
are found.

In my personal teaching, I use the yiqtol/qatal terminology because that
avoids some of the preconceptions and baggage carried by the traditional
imperfect/perfect.  I continue to use qal, piel, etc., because the names
provide mnenomics for some of the features, mnenomics which are missing
in D, D2



----- Original Message -----
From: Joseph Brian Tucker <music at>
To: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at>
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 5:40 PM
Subject: Prefix or Imperfect, Qal or D

> Greetings
> I am using Kittel, Hoffer and Wright. I am getting a little concerned
> the terminology. What do you sugguest beginning students need to know
> terminology? For example:
> 1. Prefix or imperfect form.
> 2. Affix or perfect form.
> 3. Qal Piel or D, D2, etc.
> What is the most appropriate way to describe the differences in terms,
> (aspect and stem names,etc.) to beginning students?
> 4. Should the traditional labels for stems be kept, or is there enough
> reasons to accept the newer labels? Could someone provide me a list of
> those labels?
> Thanks
> Brian Tucker
> music at
> Riverview, MI
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