[b-hebrew] Ex 7:26 - let my people go???

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Sat May 22 19:45:08 EDT 2004


Dear Chris,

That's a Piel imperative. The forms for the 2ms imperative and the 
infinitive construct are the same.

			Yours,
			Harold Holmyard

>At the risk of irritating the board members I pose another question please.
>
>What appears as a 'good old fashioned simple command' by Moses has me
>somewhat bewildered.  It surrounds the way in which the verb SHaLaCH is
>"chosen" to convey a simple statement.  Infinite construct in the Piel
>stem??  I have to recall that only an Infinite Absolute can be used as an
>imperative, but either way can anyone show me why this straightforward
>verbal sense of "SEND" or "Let my people go" should be so (spoken) in the
>Inf Const piel manner.  Some english translators translate as "send" others
>as "let my people go" how do we arrive 'grammatically' at the latter ( I see
>that the verb take the direct object of God's people), if piel often
>intensifies the qal I do not see how we can intensify "send';  on the other
>hand infinite construct is a verbal noun (or taking the place of a noun) and
>therefore both "send" and "let my people go" are difficult to justify.



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