[b-hebrew] Genesis 1:16 (The Tifha accent)

kgraham0938 at comcast.net kgraham0938 at comcast.net
Sun Sep 3 23:32:07 EDT 2006

I always took the tifha marker to act like a comma instead of making something repeat itself twice.  I would take the "ve`et hacocaviym' as a third object of the verb `asah.  

Kelton Graham 
KGRAHAM0938 at comcast.net

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From: Harold Holmyard <hholmyard at ont.com> 

> Dear Chris and Nel wrote: 
> >The last part of this verse namely: ...ET HaCoCHaViM...is accompanied by a 
> >tifha accent. It has been suggested by a pdf document that I found about 
> >accents (David Robinson and Elisabeth Levy 2002) that the above verse is in 
> >the most part mistranslated into English by saying that "God made the stars 
> >also". When it should in fact be translated to indicate that the writer was 
> >saying that "The smaller light to rule the night and the The stars to rule 
> >the night" implying that the purpose of the tifha is to read the clause: 
> >"rule the night" Twice! 
> > 
> >I am not trying to be pedantic here, but since I am learning to get to grips 
> >with these accents I am more interested in appreciating the use of the tifha 
> >at this point. 
> > 
> >Personally (before I understood the accents) I read this verse as to mean 
> >that God made the lesser light to rule the night 'Along with the stars also' 
> >to rule the night based on interpreting the 'ET' before HaCoCHaViM as 
> >'With', and for the fact that it seems to be too much of an awkward 
> >afterthought to have it placed at the end of the sentence if it were to mean 
> >simply that: "Oh yes and God made the stars also"! 
> > 
> > 
> HH: The chapter is talking about creation, and before the stars do 
> anything, they have to be created. That is the thrust of the verse. You 
> could rewrite the verse: 
> And God made the two great lights -- the greater light to rule the day 
> and the smaller light to rule the night -- and the stars. 
> Yours, 
> Harold Holmyard 
> >Your comments will as always be appreciated and I will reply, 
> > 
> >Thankyou 
> > 
> >Chris Watts 
> >S. Ireland. 
> > 
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