[b-hebrew] Genesis 17:19 (Joseph Justiss)

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 12:31:36 EDT 2009


The Yiqtol implies possibility, or that it should be that way.

But here God emphasizes that Sarah herself is the one who is to bear the son
of promise. This is not an option, rather a promise from God that will be
carried out.

Karl W. Randolph.

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:05 AM, Joseph Justiss <jljustiss at msn.com> wrote:

> List Members
> I am struck by the author's choice of verbal forms in Gen 17:19. In
> describing the forthcoming event of Sarah's bearing a son, the author uses a
> feminine participle instead of a yqtl. What, in your opinions, is the
> exegetical significance of this--if there is any. Is the sense something
> like: Sarah is a bearer for you...Or is there no real difference
> semantically between the use of the participle here and the use of a yqtl?
> Joe Justiss

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