[b-hebrew] Alleged "prophetic tense"

Barry H. nebarry at verizon.net
Sat Dec 1 10:54:06 EST 2012

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N.E. Barry Hofstetter 

On Dec 1, 2012, at 9:29 AM, "Rolf" <rolf.furuli at sf-nett.no> wrote:

> Dear Barry,
> I agree with you, there is no "prophetic tense." The view was that the Hebrew conjugations expressed completed and uncompleted action. However, many verbs dis violate these explanations. So, the concept "prophetic perfect" was coined in order to explain these anomalous verbs.
> I made some comments on this in my dissertation: "A New Understanding of the Verbal System of Classical Hebrew An Attempt to Distinguish Between Semantic and Pragmatic Factors," Oslo:2005. If you do not have it in your University library, I can send you a copy of the comments regarding "prophetic perfect."  But it would be fine to have this dissertation in the library, because it is the only work where all the around 80.000 finite and infinite verbs in the Tanakh, the DSS, the inscriptions, and Ben Sira have been analyzed.
> Best regards,
> Rolf Furuli
> Stavern
> Norway
> Lørdag 1. Desember 2012 15:00 CET skrev Barry <nebarry at verizon.net>: 
>> I'm writing an essay in response to some people who are seriously 
>> misusing the concept. My argument is that it doesn't really exist, not 
>> even as a usage. That a particular passage may be prophetic has nothing 
>> to do with the particular aspect of the verbs employed, but the context 
>> of the passage and how it is then subsequently understood in the history 
>> of interpretation (I'm especially thinking of canonical interpretation, 
>> but not restricted to that). I'd appreciate any comments on this, or > references to any published discussions beyond the apologetically driven 
>> "articles" I've seen on various web pages.
>> -- 
>> N.E. Barry Hofstetter
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