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

George Athas george.athas at moore.edu.au
Thu Oct 5 19:17:08 EDT 2006

The 'waw conversive' which switches tenses is losing favour among many
grammarians. It's an odd concept, the form of which grammarians are finding
other explanations for. FWIW, my explanation: The WEQATAL form (we +
perfect) has no tense of its own, but rather derives its nuance from the
previous clause/verb, which the waw connects it to. It sustains the focus at
the same point indicated by the previous non-WEQATAL form -- that is, it
does not move to a new thought.

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        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."



            What is the significance of the past tense verbs in Ex. 12:13
("When I saw the blood, I passed over you")?

Gary Hedrick
San Antonio, Texas USA
garyh at cjfm.org 


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