[b-hebrew] prepositions & grammar
VadimCherny at mail.ru
Sat Oct 8 15:06:09 EDT 2005
Sure. But notice the pattern correctly, not only in part: hih l is not
"something became something else," but "something became similar to (as)
something else." This is well established, sure, the comparative sense,
consistent with dative (lit., 'similar to whom').
If a pile of dust was made a living soul, then the notion "similar to" is
inapplicable. Through patent magic, the dust actually became a living being,
not similar to it. A plausible way of reading "similar to" into the phrase
is that the man who was 'similar to dead" from draught became 'similar to
living' when taken to Eden.
> Sorry for jumping in so late in the convo, but it seems to me that no one
> is ignoring the preposition here. What I find is that whenever you have
> HAYAH + L: = Become.
> If you look at any of the examples given by Michael Abernathy, I think you
> will discover the pattern.
> Exodus 4:3 WAY:HIY L:NAXA$ = and it became a serpent.
No! The rod became like a serpent, not actually a serpent. No magic here.
> Joshua 7:5 WAY:HIY L:MAYIM = and the heart of the people became water.
Like water, of course
> Judges 1:33 WB"YT `A:NAT HAYW LAHEM LAMAS = and Beth Anath became forced
> labor for them.
like slaves, not actually slaves
> Ruth 4:13 VAYYIQAX BO`AZ ET RWT VATT:HIY-LW = and Boaz took Ruth and she
> became to him.
you know, she did not actually become his wife
> So, I don't think anyone is ignoring anything, just noticing a pattern.
> That HAYAH + L: = Become.
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