[b-hebrew] Past Tense in Ex. 12:13
hholmyard at ont.com
Wed Oct 4 15:14:41 EDT 2006
> 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."
> EARLIER POST:
> 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).
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