[b-hebrew] Aspect

Eduard C Hanganu eddhanganu at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 10 09:07:43 EDT 2004

Dear Peter:

As I mentioned to Ethan, the 'Aspect' thread gave me the opportunity to 
inquire on a topic that has been of interest to me for a few years, that is, 
the morphology of the verb NITZDAK, its aspect, in the context of Daniel 
8:9-14. I did not have  in mind specifically the discussion about aspect, 
but I don't think I deviated from the general topic of the thread.

Please refer to my message to Noam Ethan. I would appreciate if you let me 
know your personal opinion about the aspect or rather Aktionsart of the verb 
I mentioned.



From: Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>
To: Noam Eitan <bhebrew at yahoo.com>
CC: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Aspect
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2004 12:41:52 -0700

On 09/06/2004 11:13, Noam Eitan wrote:

>>One of the verbs that have preocupied me in this sense is the NITZDAK of 
>>Daniel 8:14 ( the niphal waw consec perfect 3rd person masculine singular 
>>of the verb TZADEIK).
>I don't think this NITZDAK is a good launching pad for a discussion about 
>aspect, because the meaning of both is controversial. We need examples 
>where the meaning can be clearly gleaned at least from the context to 
>discuss such a topic. - Noam Eitan, Brooklyn, NY
Another good reason for not using this as a launching pad is that (by almost 
everyone's reckoning) Daniel was one of the last books of the Hebrew Bible 
to be written, and there is evidence that in late biblical Hebrew the 
meanings of some verb forms were beginning to shift towards the rather 
different meanings found in DSS and Mishnaic Hebrew. This whole topic is 
certainly controversial. But to avoid such controversy it is best to start 
with the core non-poetic texts of the Hebrew Bible, i.e. the Pentateuch and 
the historical books from Joshua to Kings.

Peter Kirk
peter at qaya.org (personal)
peterkirk at qaya.org (work)

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