Gen 1:1, Rashi
lizfried at umich.edu
Mon Sep 4 22:48:00 EDT 2000
Dear Bryan, et. all.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bryan Rocine
> Am I missing something? Rashi suggested amending bara' to
> My Rashi reads this way: "...for the word _re'shit_ never
> appears in Scripture except when it is annexed to the
> following word... Here, too you must interpret 'In the
> beginning Elohim created' as if [it were written] 'At the
> beginning of the creating.'
This is the baro'.
[We find] similarly, _texilat
> dibber yhwh behoshea`_ Hos 1:2 as if to say 'At the
> beginning of God's speaking to Hoshea...'"
> It seems to me he accepts both the qatals bara' and dibber.
The commentary I have on Hosea keeps the Rashi in
Rashi script, which unfortunately I have not learned to read (yet).
The translation says "But the simple meaning of the verse is:
At the beginning of the speech which the Holy One, blessed be He,
spoke to Hosea, he said this to him."
So again, here we have dibber not interpreted as a finite verb,
but the phrase is again adverbial, time when. The first finite
verb is vay'omer.
I haven't looked up all the verses you cite of a finite verb
preceded by a construct. I did look up the first one in
Leviticus. I didn't check the Rashi, but Milgrom suggested
interpolating an "asher." I don't understand how a finite
verb can be preceded by a noun in construct, but would
hate to argue they should all be emmended.
Do the grammars address this? I couldn't find a reference
to it in the ones I have.
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