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

Yonah Mishael yonahmishael at gmail.com
Thu Oct 5 22:48:29 EDT 2006

On 10/5/06, B. M. Rocine <brocine at twcny.rr.com> wrote:
> Hi Kelton,
> Re Gen 2:25, they came into being naked.  That means from the start,
> from their being created, they were naked.  The verse is not just saying
> that they were naked (read verbless clause, sheneyhem `arumiym).  It is
> stating that they came about or came into being naked (read wayyiqtol
> clause, vayyihyu sheneyhem `arumiym).
> Re 2Chr 20:25, we can read it "three days transpired (vayyihyu)
> plundering the spoil..." or "Those plundering the spoil did their thing
> (vayyihyu) three days..."  I think the word order recommends the former.
> Shalom,
> Bryan

WOW. I read Karl's comment above as well as yours, Bryan, but I think
that this is stretching. This verse is not saying that "God created
them naked," althought this is surely how they came to be naked. It is
simply saying that "they were naked" as part of the story line because
it became important that both (1) the serpent was also (RWM (in this
instance, "crafty" or the like) and (2) their nakedness became the
sign to them that they knew good and evil. Hence, God asking them, MY
HDYS LK KY (YRM )TH [מי הגיד לך כי עירם אתה] -- "Who has told you that
you [were] naked?" I cannot agree that there is any sense of
"becoming" in Genesis 2:25 when it was announced that the two were

The fact that they were both naked and "felt no shame" L) YTB$$W was
part of the main storyline, and this explains why HYH was elevated and
placed in the WYQTWL form. This form elevates what would normally be
only a verbless clause into primary material and separates it from
what came before ("for this reason a man shall leave his father and
mother etc....").


Yonah Mishael ben Avraham
Joplin, MO
yonahmishael at gmail.com

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