[b-hebrew] Judges 16:30 - Verb with no use, MY PROBLEM!
B. M. Rocine
brocine at twcny.rr.com
Wed Oct 4 08:15:23 EDT 2006
Certainly, the root HYH does not require the complement le- to mean
"become." See Gen 3:22:
hen ha'adam hayah ke'axad mimmennu
"Look the man has become like one of us..."
vattehiy netsiyb melax
"And she became a pillar of salt."
vayhiy robeh qashshat
"And he became an archer."
On the matter of a wayyiqtol of HYH specifically: We can't have it two
ways at once. If HYH is a copula, it would rarely if ever move the
story time of a narrative forward. If that's the case, the idea that
wayyiqtol is a storyline verb is weakened. On the other hand, if we
accept wayyiqtol as the storyline verb form, the idea that wayyiqtol of
HYH must refer to a happening or an occurrence of some sort is
strengthened. Wayyiqtol of HYH would refer to a situation that
"completed" or "became complete."
Yonah Mishael wrote:
> I would assume that the form WYHYW ויהיו in Judges 16:30 functions as
> most wa-cons forms do in a narrative—that is, it establishes this as a
> part of the main story line, by which the author is providing primary
> information. The point is the culmination of Samson's life as a fight
> against the Philistines, the loss of which caused the destruction of
> even more of his enemies than the entire period of his life had
> realized. This is what I get from it anyway. I don't think it
> necessarily has any "becoming" associated with it.
> Wouldn't it be most common by the time that the Judges was penned to
> express "become" with the HYH plus the L-prefix?
B. M. Rocine
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