[b-hebrew] Torah and Sheol - a response

Reinier de Blois r.de.blois at solcon.nl
Tue Jun 22 14:04:06 EDT 2004

Dear Chris,

You are confusing syntax and semantics here. Within syntax a noun is a noun.
>From a semantical point of view a noun may represent an object or an event.
TORAH is a noun even though I agree that, semantically, it represents an
event. Shepherd is a participle so that is a verbal form, as you said.

Best wishes,

Reinier de Blois

----- Original Message -----
From: "wattswestmaas" <wattswestmaas at eircom.net>
To: "B-Hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 5:58 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Torah and Sheol - a response

> Dear learned members,
> Hallo,  Thanks for the responses on this however I really feel I need to
> address the points being made that these are nouns.  In ENGLISH they are
> nouns I agree but not in hebrew.  I understand that hebrew is very much a
> concrete language (as opposed to abstract), and that very few nouns are
> nouns by western understanding.  The majority of nouns are actually
> from verbs,  I personally find this indicative of a subtle but important
> manner of perceiving the world around them.
> Hence and therefore, did I ask if these 2 "nouns" were actually a
> and infinite construct direct from the root verb rather than simply saying
> that they were nouns.  After all 'shepherd' is a noun to us but it was a
> verbal thought to the hebraic mindset. (just to use a common example).
> If some of you believe that I am travelling down a wrong road here then
> please explain.
> Thanks  Chris.
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