[b-hebrew] Verbs

Rolf Furuli furuli at online.no
Mon Aug 1 07:43:58 EDT 2005

Dear Peter,

Your arguments below are of such a nature that I am considering whether 
there is any purpose in answering your posts any more.

Best regards

Rolf Furuli
University of Oslo

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
To: "Rolf Furuli" <furuli at online.no>
Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 11:52 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Verbs

> On 01/08/2005 06:15, Rolf Furuli wrote:
>> ...
>>1a. In the four hundred and eightieth year after Israel came of the land 
>>Egypt...he began to build (WAYYIQTOL) the temple.  1 Kings 6:1
>>1b. In the four hundred and eightieth year after Israel came of the land 
>>Egypt...he built (WAYYIQTOL) the house.
>>2. When Reuben heard (WAYYIQTOL) this, he tried to deliver (WAYYIQTOL) him
>>out of their hands. Genesis 37:21
> These WAYYIQTOLs are not necessarily conative. While I don't intend to 
> argue that WAYYIQTOL is always consecutive and perfective, in these cases 
> it may be. Here is another interpretation:
> 1 Kings 6:1 is a summary statement of the whole process:
> And (then) it was/happened (WAYYIQTOL) in the fourth year ...
> And Solomon built (WAYYIQTOL) the house to YHWH (a process seen in its 
> entirety in this summary statement)
> vv.2-36 give details of the process, indicated by a break in the WAYYIQTOL 
> series, in a flashback relative to v.1 (indicated as very commonly by 
> X-QATAL), with an internal series of events indicated by WAYYIQTOL:
> (2) And the house which Solomon had built (X-QATAL) was (verbless) ...
> (36) And he built the courtyard (WAYYIQTOL) ...
> vv.37-38 are a closing summary, indicated by another break in the 
> WAYYIQTOL series and more X-QATALs:
> (37) In the fourth year he had laid (X-QATAL) the foundation ...
> (38) And in the twelfth year it had been completed (X-QATAL) ...
> And then in Genesis 37:21-24, again the WAYYIQTOL "he delivered" in v.21 
> can be understood as indicating in summary the whole event in which Reuben 
> successfully saved Joseph. And then the everything from WAYYO'MER in v.21 
> to the end of v.24 can be taken as more detail of the event, showing how 
> Reuben's work succeeded. Now I know that this is not signalled by X-QATAL 
> or similar, but I would still consider it a possible interpretation.
> -- 
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
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