[b-hebrew] Re: agent or patient in Psa. 33:12?

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Fri May 14 10:50:59 EDT 2004


Dear Peter,

>>>>)$RY HGWY )$R YHWH )LHYW
>>>>H(M BHR LNXLH LW
>>>>
>>>>...
>>>
>>
>>HH: Yes, I think it does hold up. If there were an understood 
>>"whom," as you suggest is possible, then one would expect the 
>>antecedent to the understood relative pronoun to directly precede 
>>the relative clause. Here the antecedent would seem to be YHWH, 
>>which does not directly precede the clause. ...
>
>
>Not necessarily. The antecedent could be "their God", i.e. "their 
>God, whom they chose for themselves", with the relative clause 
>explaining (rather than restricting) the meaning of "their God". 
>Also the rule that the antecedent immediately follows the relative 
>clause is not absolute, even in English. But then I am not trying to 
>argue for this interpretation.

HH: O.K., thanks, now I understand your thinking. I am glad you are 
not arguing for the interpretation, for I still find it quite 
awkward. One would expect either )$R to precede H(M or BW to follow 
BHR with the proposed interpretation.

				Yours,
				Harold Holmyard




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