Construct + Finite = Relative?
dwashbur at nyx.net
Sat Sep 9 12:14:43 EDT 2000
Good stuff! I just have one question that has surfaced already
several times in this discussion, and would greatly appreciate your
> I analyze Gen 1:1-3 as follows: "In the beginning of (the fact
> that) God created heaven and earth, i.e. When God began to create
> heaven and earth [sentence 1], the earth was chaos and void
> [sentence 2], darkness was on the surface of the abyss [sentence
> 3], and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the
> water [sentence 4]. Then God said [sentence 5] etc." Sentences 2-4
> are coordinated one to the other; they are main with regard to
> sentence 1, which depends on them. Taken together, sentences 1-4
> constitute a syntactic unit that depends on sentence 5, which
> contains narrative wayyiqtol, "Then God said." This wayyiqtol
> begins the mainline of the narrative. What precedes gives the
> setting of the story.
I think I follow this, but could you elaborate on the nature of the
coordination, especially what effect the WAW at the beginning of
verse 2 (sentence 2 in your layout) has on the clause itself? This
has been a sticking point in the discussion, and I don't really have
an answer, at least not using the Gesenius/W&O approach.
"Éist le glór Dé."
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