[b-hebrew] prepositions & grammar

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Oct 8 15:17:33 EDT 2005

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From: "Vadim Cherny" <VadimCherny at mail.ru>
To: <kgraham0938 at comcast.net>; <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2005 9:06 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] prepositions & grammar

> 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.

How do you deduce that? It then devoured the other serpents.

>> Joshua 7:5 WAY:HIY L:MAYIM = and the heart of the people became water.
> Like water, of course

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

Why not? Assuming that "forced labor" means "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

WHAT? Of course she did. Look at the next word: Le'i$$ah. Look also at vss. 
10-11. You might not like the idea of "buying" a wife, but wife she was.

>> So, I don't think anyone is ignoring anything, just noticing a pattern.
>> That HAYAH + L: = Become.

Quite so. And sometimes used figuratively.


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