[b-hebrew] infinitive absolute
peter at qaya.org
Wed Nov 1 15:45:25 EST 2006
On 01/11/2006 17:33, Yitzhak Sapir wrote:
> On 10/31/06, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman wrote:
>> For example, the frequent repetition of MOT YUMAT seems to militate
>> against an emphatic meaning. So does, e.g., the particular use in Gen
>> 3:4: "The serpant told the woman you will not die" is much more
>> likely than the nearly nonsensical, "the serpant told the woman you
>> will not die empatically/certainly/etc."
> Why is "the serpent told the woman you will most certainly not die"
> "nearly nonsensical"? You seem to assume that the empasis or
> intensity applies only to the verb and the "lo" negates the
> hypothesized intensive verb. But it's quite possible that "lo"
> negates the verb "die" rather than "most certainly die". When
> someone (that is, the woman) has her doubts, this is quite a
> persuasive technique and makes perfect sense in context.
I note that God's original command in 2:17 has the infinitive absolute,
MOT TAMUT, although Eve's restatement of it in 3:3 lacks this, perhaps a
subtle indication that she is already sceptical. So when the serpent
responds in 3:4 with the negated infinitive absolute, LO-MOT TEMUTUN,
could the meaning be something like "It is not certain that you will
die", rather than "You will certainly not die"?
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