yqtl patterns and Anson Rainey

Brian Tucker editor at journalofbiblicalstudies.org
Tue Jun 12 12:02:52 EDT 2001

Do you agree that Anson Rainey has been able to show that in Northwest
Semitic languages the prefix forms (yqtl) expressed tenses rather than

Rainey. The Prefix Conjugation Patterns of Early Northwest Semitic, in
Abush, Z. et al. (eds.), Lingering Over Words, Atlanta, Georgia, pp.
_____. Canaanite in the Amarna Tablets, a Linguistic Analysis of the Mixed
Dialect Used by the Scribes from Canaan, vol. 2, pp. 221-264).

Rainey sees two modes, the indicative (including preterite, imperfect, and
energic forms) and the injunctive (including jussive, volitive, and
energic forms).

What do you think? Is this a good and helpful approach to BH verbal

Brian Tucker
Riverview, MI
editor at journalofbiblicalstudies.org

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