[b-hebrew] VERBS

Awohili at aol.com Awohili at aol.com
Tue Jul 26 13:30:35 EDT 2005

Having a working hypothesis is a standard research tool.  When the  working 
hypothesis is proven by research, this does not render it a  "preconceived 
idea" in  the negative sense.  Of course, if the  hypothesis is disproved it is 
discarded (or modified).  But if it works, it  works.
While the corpus of biblical Hebrew we have to work with is comparatively  
small, it is large enough to yield certain conclusions based on what is  
available.  Such conclusions may not apply in every respect to the total,  
comprehensive entity of the ancient language.  Yet we have a vivid picture  that 
captures frames of a certain epochal period of the history of the  language.
IMO, Rolf makes many convincing arguments on biblical Hebrew, based on a  
major sifting and close, detailed examination of the information that is  
currently available.
Solomon Landers
In a message dated 07/26/2005 7:14:05 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
peterkirk at qaya.org writes:

Well, I am  not quite sure when Rolf considers that he started these 
studies. It  certainly was a long time ago. But already on 4th September 
1998, the  first individual post I have from him (I was receiving digests 
from July  1997 which are not so easy to search), he wrote to this list:

> I  claim that
> imperfectivity and perfectivity are connected with the verb  form and not
> with the context: all wayyiqtols and yiqtols are  imperfective and all
> qatals and weqatals are  perfective.

But this was certainly before he completed his study of  all of the verb 
forms in the Bible. Therefore he came to that study, or at  least 
completed and drew conclusions from it, with this preconceived idea  of 
the Hebrew verb system, which is effectively the same as the two form  
model which he now presents as the result of his  studies.

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