[b-hebrew] Infinitive Construct for Pual

Robert B. Compton rcompton at dbts.edu
Tue Mar 2 16:25:43 EST 2004

What is the conventional wisdom regarding the form of the infinitive
construct for the Pual in the strong verb? A number of grammars indicate
that the infinitive construct is not attested for the Pual in the strong
verb (e.g., Gesenius, Hebrew Grammar, sec. 52r). Allen Ross, Introducing
Hebrew Grammar, on the other hand, lists two different forms. On p. 201,
he indicates that the infinitive construct would be identical to the
infinitive absolute, having a long "o" stem/theme vowel. On p. 545, Ross
lists a different form for the infinitive construct, one with a short
"a" stem/theme vowel. I assume the forms Ross lists are hypothetical.
Are either of his suggestions adopted by others?
Bruce Compton
Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary

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