[b-hebrew] Past Tense in Ex. 12:13

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Wed Oct 4 15:14:41 EDT 2006

Dear Gary,

> What I'm curious about, of course, is the fact that he uses past
> tense verbs to describe events that are yet in the future.  Instead of "When
> I see the blood, I will pass over you," as per our English translations, in
> the Hebrew it's literally, "When I saw the blood, I passed over you."
> Gary
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>             What is the significance of the past tense verbs in Ex. 12:13
> ("When I saw the blood, I passed over you")?

HH: But this is waw conversive, which is commonly 
understood to switch the perfective verb to have 
an imperfective sense (here future).

Harold Holmyard

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