[b-hebrew] "I Am" vs. "I Will Be" (word order)

Rolf Furuli furuli at online.no
Fri Jun 30 04:45:46 EDT 2006

Dear Bryan,

The word order of a clause may change the mode or the stress of it. So, yes, 
a and b *may* signal a difference in meaning. Clause b is somewhat strange, 
though. The problem is that there are many clause-initial YIQTOLs in the 
Tanakh which appear to be indicative. So word order is not conclusive; we 
need some other clues from the context to draw particular conclusions. The 
clause )HYH )$R )HYE seems to have a formulaic character, and I see nothing 
in the context suggesting a modal force.

Best regards,

Rolf Furuli
University of Oslo

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "B. M. Rocine" <brocine at twcny.rr.com>
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Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 12:33 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] "I Am" vs. "I Will Be" (word order)

> B-Haverim,
> Do any of you suppose there would be a difference in meaning between
> sentence a. and b. below?  To ease reference to the two 'ehyeh's that
> appear in each sentence, the 1's are main clauses and the 2's are
> subordinate clauses.
> a.  'ehyeh(1) 'asher 'ehyeh(2)
> b.  'asher 'ehyeh(2) 'ehyeh(1)
> More specifically, does the position of the yiqtol verb form within its
> clause have an impact on its meaning?
> Shalom,
> Bryan
> B. M. Rocine
> Livng Word Chruch
> Syracuse, NY 13206
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