[b-hebrew] lifespans in the Bible
rosewalk at concentric.net
Tue Oct 23 21:45:51 EDT 2007
"VeHayu" - past tense - where the yud is punctuated twice - once with
the vav + dagesh ("ooh") sound PLUS a shva underneath it - to really
mean what will happen in the future. Ie: in the past, G-d already
knew that in the future He would have to "revamp" the human race.
Thanks for your comments here. I will have to check more into this.
It is interesting to note how many people recently have lived past 110
Could you please specify what is the irregular form of the past tense.
Shoshanna Walker wrote:
> That is Rashi's interpretation of Bereishit 6:3. But that is
> probably IN ADDITION to the literal meaning of G-d's words, which, as
> we see, He really did implement - shortening man's life span.
> Moreover, the irregular form of past tense is used here, instead of
> plain future tense: G-d was to say it, He knew earlier that He will
> have to say this, and now it was finally uttered. He had foretold
> it, He knew at the time of Creation that the first crop of men would
> have to be destroyed.
> Isn't another interpretation of the 120 years the length of time
> before YHWH sent the flood?
> Calvin Lindstrom
> Church of Christian Liberty
> Arlington Heights, IL
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