Ending on a vowel?

Trevor & Julie Peterson 06peterson at cua.edu
Fri Dec 14 06:30:42 EST 2001


I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to change the paradigmatic root in actual
paradigms, but the real problem would be where words like yiqtol, wayyiqtol,
etc. have become technical terms to describe the tense-forms. There are
still plenty of people using terms like perfect and imperfect; but for those
who have decided that a formal label is preferable to a semantic one
(especially given the divergence of opinion on the significance of the BH
tense-forms), I would think it an exercise in futility to try to replace
such terms with something like wayyi$pot.

I'm not saying I like using qatal--just questioning the likelihood of
changing it.

Trevor

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan D. Safren [mailto:yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il]
> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 5:28 AM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: Ending on a vowel?
>
>
> Somehow I am bothered by the use of the paradigm verb qatal (kill) in this
> day and age. Wouldn't katab (write) or $pt (judge, rule, save) be more
> suitable for scholars specializing in Hebrew Bible?
> What was good for Gesenius is not necessarily good for us.
> Sincerely,
> Jonathan D. Safren
> Dept. of Biblical Studies
> Beit Berl College
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sרren Holst" <sh at teol.ku.dk>
> To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 11:29 AM
> Subject: SV: Ending on a vowel?
>
>
> > How abot a perfectly ordinary 2nd person masc. sing. perfect verb like
> > qatalta?
> >
> > Soren, Cph
> >
> > > -----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
> > > Fra: Peter Kirk [SMTP:Peter_Kirk at sil.org]
> > > Sendt: 12. december 2001 19:18
> > > Til: Biblical Hebrew
> > > Emne: RE: Ending on a vowel?
> > >
> > > Yes. But the only permitted word final vowel point (apart
> from a silent
> > > shewa in a kaph or on a final consonant cluster) is qamets, and then
> only
> > > following kaph and nun.
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