[b-hebrew] Prophetic Perfect?

UUC unikom at paco.net
Tue May 18 11:09:02 EDT 2004


Dear Julie,

Your argument requires one - but major - assumption. Namely, that the
chapter in question is a prophecy. However, this immediately turns a
translation into exegesis.


Best regards,

Vadim Cherny


> Gentlemen,
>
> Perhaps we should look at Jouon-Muraoka on this point:
>
> "In prophecies a future event is sometimes regarded as having already been
> accomplished, hence the use of qatal.  This prophetic perfect is not a
> grammatical perfect, but a rhetorical device."  (The examples cited are
Isa.
> 9.1, 9.5.)
>
> If we step back and consider these so-called prophetic perfects within the
> frame which the author/redactor constructs, we find these passages
embedded
> within a larger discourse.  What JM calls a rhetorical device is perhaps
> just a function of pragmatics.  My instructor (if I correctly understood
the
> lecture) asked our class to consider the mode of prophecy itself.
(Assuming
> continuity of Isa.)  Prophecy here comes in the mode of a Vision.  So,
> perhaps the use fo the qatal is a function of the vision which was past,
Isa
> 1.
>
> Thoughts,
>
> Julie :)
>
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