[b-hebrew] Exodus 3:14

Peter Kirk peterkirk at ozemail.com.au
Mon Mar 3 07:17:26 EST 2003

'EHYEH may mean "I will be", with a clear future sense, in modern Hebrew.
But this is a biblical text, and in biblical Hebrew the "imperfect" verb
form was only sometimes future in meaning, very often continuous present or
past. That's a very brief summary of something rather complicated, which
Trevor has partly explained.

Peter Kirk
peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:b-hebrew-
> bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Lew Osborne
> Sent: 23 February 2003 15:22
> To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [b-hebrew] Exodus 3:14
> So with no authority to place this in capitals and with the more correct
> gramatical meaning "I will be whatsover I will be" why then is so much
> made
> of the "I am that I am" and more importantly "I am hath sent me unto you"
> when it should be "I will be hath sent me unto you"?
> Any thoughts?
> Thank you..
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