[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
> 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
> within a larger discourse.  What JM calls a rhetorical device is perhaps
> just a function of pragmatics.  My instructor (if I correctly understood
> lecture) asked our class to consider the mode of prophecy itself.
> 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,
> 1.
> Thoughts,
> Julie :)
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