[b-hebrew] The use of the Yiqtol in Isaiah 1:21

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Mon Apr 20 20:46:50 EDT 2009

In addition to Karl's response, the context is helped along by the first clause of the verse, which talks about what the steadfast citadel has become. A change has evidently occurred, so it makes sense that what is on view is the transition from a positive status to a negative status. So the markers around the Yiqtol suggest a past reference. A Yiqtol indicates an indefinite action - that is, not one specific concrete action (that's Qatal). So, a habitual action in the past fits the criterion of an indefinite past action.


Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)

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