[b-hebrew] re:the mystery of the vav-consecutive
peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed May 25 18:35:08 EDT 2005
On 25/05/2005 18:27, Smith, Colin wrote:
>... The Hebrew Bible was the first body of Semitic literature to present sacred texts inprose form and it presented a unique circumstance in which a verbal form was created to suit the needs of the text - a narrative of the acts of a God of time/history rather than a god of nature.
This is an interesting theory, but I see a problem with it. A large
proportion of the prose texts in the Hebrew Bible are narratives of
history and/or legend. Although I accept that these narratives are not
entirely non-religious, it is surely at least probable that these texts
are at least in part a written form of a continuing tradition, probably
originally oral, of history and legend - which would have also included
stories about the acts of God or gods. For it is hardly likely that the
biblical authors invented an entirely new genre for telling stories
about the past. These pre-biblical narratives of the past must have had
their own grammatical form indicating the successive events in a
narrative. And, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, it is
surely highly probable that this grammatical form would have been the
WAYYIQTOL or its precursor.
peter at qaya.org (personal)
peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
No virus found in this outgoing message.
Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.
Version: 7.0.322 / Virus Database: 266.11.16 - Release Date: 24/05/2005
More information about the b-hebrew