[b-hebrew] Haggai 1,8

ps2866 at bingo-ev.de ps2866 at bingo-ev.de
Fri Mar 23 07:56:56 EDT 2012

Dear Carl, Donald and George,

I want to thank each one of you for responding to my request. Your answers
are importand to me.

I studied other instances of Imperatives followed by Waw-Perfect meanwhile
and I think you, George, hit the nail on the head. It seems that the force
of the Imperative influences the Waw-Perfect. My initial idea was to treat
both forms seperatly with a note of purpose concerning the Waw-Perfect: I
thought it was the divine intention to bring the people to go up to the
mountain(s) and bring wood to the temple building process, that's why I
suggested "in order to" for the relation between the two verb forms.

If you have further thoughts on that I'd be glad to hear them, as I want
to learn more.

Peter Streitenberger, Germany

> Peter,
> The weqatal form to which you are referring is a continuation form. This
> means that it usually gets its mood from a previous clause (there are
> exceptions to this, but they are exceptions). In this case, the imperative
> עלו sets the imperatival mood, and this is continued by the weqatal
> והבאתם. The nature of the continuation is that the weqatal does not
> move onto a completely independent thought, but rather sees its action as
> being in seamless continuity with the initial imperative. In other words,
> these are not two separate instructions ('Go up! Bring!') but one complex
> instruction ('Go up and bring').
> Director of Postgraduate Studies,
> Moore Theological College (moore.edu.au)
> Sydney, Australia
> From: <ps2866 at bingo-ev.de<mailto:ps2866 at bingo-ev.de>>
> Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:55:10 +0100
> To: B-Hebrew
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> Subject: [b-hebrew] Haggai 1,8
> Dear Friends of B-Heb,
> I'm reading through the prophet Haggai and came around Chapter 1,8. The
> writer first used "ALU" (Qal Imperativ) in the sentence followed by "Bo"
> as Waw Consec. (Hiphil) - same Person as the Imperativ.
> My question regarding the translation: is it possible to see "Bo" not
> with
> imperatival force as many translations do, but as consecutive: "Go up to
> the mountain in order to bring wood".
> I tend to treat the Waw Consec. not necessesary as imperatival, as the
> writer easily could have used a imperative form there.
> Thank you for any help ! I've found nothing helpful in commentaries.
> Yours
> Peter Streitenberger, Germany
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