[b-hebrew] Waw Copulative in Narrative Hebrew Narrative

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Sun Apr 18 09:29:33 EDT 2004


Dear Alviero,
What about the waw copula that begins the book of Ezra (and Shemot and 1
Kings)?
Do these need to be a continuation of anything?
And if so, what would Ezra be a continuation of?
The waw is more natural in it's location in CHronicles, but Japhet
argues that the verse is copied from Ezra since it uses vocabulary
the CHronicler never uses elsewhere.
Of course, they could both have copied from a third source. If so,
would the verse have to have been embedded in a narrative in the source?
Could ub$nt be the first word of a narrative with nothing before it?
Thanks. I'm writing a commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah and I can't even
get past the first letter!
Best,
Liz Fried

Lisbeth S. Fried, Ph. D.
Visiting Scholar
Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of Michigan
2068 Frieze Bldg.
105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan  48109-1285
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Alviero Niccacci" <alviero.niccacci at studiumbiblicum.org>
> To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2004 11:14 PM
> Subject: RE: [b-hebrew] Waw Consecutive in Narrative Hebrew Narrative
>
>
> > Matt wrote:
> >
> > >  The point that one of my teachers made is that since the
> book of Joshua
> > >  starts with a waw-consecutive, it is meant to be read as a
> continuation
> of
> > >  the Torah.  He made the point that throughout the TaNaK, there
> > >  are numerous
> > >  points where books start with a waw-consecutive and that this is
> > >  a literary
> > >  tool used by the authors to portray them as a linear story,
> and that we
> > >  should read them in that light.
> >
> > Dear Matt,
> >
> > this one of your teachers is correct in my view. If you read Italian,
> > you may refer to my paper, "Organizzazione canonica della Bibbia
> > ebraica. Tra sintassi e retorica": Rivista biblica 43 (1995) 9-29.
> > Best wishes,
> > --
> > Alviero Niccacci
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