[b-hebrew] Observations on verb forms

FPutnam at biblical.edu FPutnam at biblical.edu
Tue Nov 9 12:37:59 EST 2004

3. An initial Yod or Nun has dropped.  This could only
be true if the root
has a prefix.

GJ - Sometimes an initial Lamed can drop out like the
Nun.  Eg. first word in Gen. 2:15.


Four initial radicals can drop (apocopate):

I-h (HLK only)
I-l (LQX only)

All four also drop (apocopate) to form the qal [G] infinitive construct 
(with added /t/ and segholization); e.g., LEDET. There is no prefix in 
this form. [Prefixed prepositions are functionally supplementary, not 
intrinsic to the form.]



Frederic Clarke Putnam, Ph.D.
Professor of Old Testament
Biblical Theological Seminary
Hatfield, Pennsylvania

in ferro veritas.

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