[b-hebrew] Ecc 12:6-7

pporta at oham.net pporta at oham.net
Wed Mar 19 13:41:57 EDT 2008

> First I read the context, these are the concluding verses of a section
> referring to old age and death, in a poetic form.

It is quite wise to read the context, yes!

> Now your questions:
> 1) a) the article is not necessary b) look at the context of the preceding
> sections, an article is not used either for XBL and GLT

I think these two are construct groups where every second member has article 
(hakesef, hazahav): then the whole group is understood with article. 
Therefore your argument does not seem to be valid.
Again to my question: why the precedent cases come with article (they are 
determined) but... kad is INdetermined?
Within the dynamics of the sentence... would not be more logical "hakad"?

> 2) The verb is Y$B, not $WB, it means to settle down, so the (L fits the
> context of settling down upon the earth. The verb is a weqatal, not
> wayyiqtol, fitting the context of the next section with its yiqtol.

Both the dictionary I've at hand (BDB) and Oham tell this verb comes from 
$WB, not from Y$B.

Look at www.oham.net/out/P-d/P-d125p.html and 
as regards verbs ayin"waw
And then look at www.oham.net/out/P-d/P-d106.html and 
as regards verbs pe"yud.

> I hope these answer your questions.

Not yet!


Pere Porta
Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)

> Karl W. Randolph.
> On Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 10:47 AM, <pporta at oham.net> wrote:
>> I'm reading the chapter 12 of Qohelet.
>> 1. In verse 6 >  I wonder why or how the noun "kad" comes without the
>> article.
>> 2. In verse 7 > I wonder why the preposition before "ha-arets" is "'al"
>> and
>> not 'el'. Preposition "el" seems to me it would be more "logical" than
>> "al"... unless the sense is the dust (resulting from corrupted flesh) 
>> goes
>> down, at the end, onto the surface of the earth...
>> Are there any good reasons for the lack of article in 6 and the
>> preposition
>> "al" --and not "el"--  in 7?
>> Pere
>> Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
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