[b-hebrew] Judges 16:30 - Verb with no use, MY PROBLEM!

Jerry Shepherd jerry.shepherd at taylor-edu.ca
Tue Oct 3 13:19:05 EDT 2006

Hi Chris,


I understand your confusion.  But this is actually a fairly standard way Hebrew narrative talks about “being” in the past – by the use of hayah, either in the perfect or with wc+impf.  Without it, the sentence could mistakenly be taken as present.




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Subject: [b-hebrew] Judges 16:30 - Verb with no use, MY PROBLEM!


Judges 16:30


Sorry Folks, but for those who are bemused at my 'daft'? question please

allow me to indulge.  For someone who is still young at the art of trying

to understand the hundreds of ways to translate without looking at the

english,  YES, Judges 16:30, does present a minor confusion for me.  The

context and the word RaBaH (many) seem to me to translate just as well

without the verb "to be"?  Now it is obvious that I am utterly wrong -  that 


know! There are myriads of sentences where the verb "to be" is not used and

yet 'known and correctly assumed' from the translation.  My problem is that

beginning this particular sentence with that verb actually threw me off

course, when I continued to translate it as if the verb was not there then

to my shock I actually translated it correctly (Mmmm, now that's a miracle). 

This shows that I am doing something wrong (even though I got the answer 

correct).  I am so used to

reading sentences without "to be " in them that I still can not fathom its 

purpose here, considering that without it I actually arrived at the correct 

translation without looking at the English.


Now can someone be kind enough pleeeease..... to relieve me of my making a 

fool of

myself on this board?








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