[b-hebrew] Tenses - Deut 6:4

Bob MacDonald bobmacdonald at shaw.ca
Sun Feb 25 13:42:53 EST 2007

OK - ignore part of this question - it really was too obvious and I have
been under the weather and slightly blinded with cold

The ta suffix is exactly what I should have seen as expected

But the perfect translated into English future which might be misread as
commandment - this is a theological translation - right?

Has anyone written on the theology of tense?  It seems to me that the
perfect is a proleptic promise.


Bob MacDonald
Victoria BC

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The Blue Letter Bible http://www.blueletterbible.org/cgi-bin/c.pl?book=Deu
ion=KJV#5> &chapter=6&verse=5&version=KJV#5 shows the tense of Deuteronomy
6:4 'ahavta as Qal perfect


Other online resources confirm that a general present might be a suitable
literal translation


Any thoughts - 1. why is it always future, implying imperative and 2. what
is the ta suffix - I have a new Hebrew book of verbs but it is all in Hebrew
so its rather tough slogging at the moment but I can't find the ta suffix as
a verb part 


Thanks for your patience with the questions


Bob MacDonald

Victoria BC





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