[b-hebrew] Chronology - was uncancellable meaning in hebrew verbs

James Read J.Read-2 at sms.ed.ac.uk
Fri Jul 3 07:59:11 EDT 2009

Hi Rolf,

That sounds interesting. Lately I've been interested in calendars and  
chronology. Can you summarise what you've found in a short email? It  
might make for an interesting discussion.

James Christian

Quoting Rolf Furuli <furuli at online.no>:

> Dear James,
> I started my analysis of Classical Hebrew verbs in 1990, and I
> defended my dissertation in 2005. My data material consists of lists
> of each verb form, finite and infinite, with pre-past, past, present,
> present completed, future, future perfect and modal meaning, book for
> book and verse for verse in the HB, in the DSS and in Ben Sira. In
> addition, there are notes regarding which verb form precedes and
> follows the analyzed form, and also other information regarding
> particles etc. This is particularly so in the lists that were made
> after 1995. This material is not tagged, but a computer expert has
> told me that by using a modern program, it would be rather easy to
> convert the whole material into a tagged data base. But before that
> can be done, some work on the lists would be necessary.
> I work with the verbal systems of the different Semitic languages
> when I teach them, but my focus for some years has not been on verbs,
> but rather on the analysis of Akkadian cuneiform tablets,
> particularly astronomical tablets that are used for chronological
> purposes. It is natural for me to try to walk on new ways and
> challenge accepted ideas. I have published two books on ancient
> chronology where I argue in favor of an expansion of the Neo-Assyrian
> and Neo-Babylonian chronology and of adjustments of the Persian
> (Achaemenid) chronology. Because of this other work, and because new
> tablets are continually being published, I have not taken the time to
> convert all the list into one tagged text. So I cannot supply you
> with the index you ask for.
> However, in my dissertation, 2,106 Hebrew passages containing 4,261
> verbs (1,402 WAYYIQTOLs, 887 YIQTOLs, 78 WEYIQTOLs, 769 QATALs, 315
> WEQATALs, 280 Infinitives, and 530 participles) are discussed and
> analyzed. Here you will find all you need to make tests. And I think
> this will be a better place to conduct the test than on a computer,
> because my method is described in detail, and because there are
> arguments in connection with each example.
> Best regards,
> Rolf Furuli
> University of Oslo
>> Hi Rolf,
>> would it be possible to provide a computerised index of the
>> categorised verb forms so that we can apply your method and see if we
>> agree with your analyses?
>> James Christian
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