[b-hebrew] third person as copulative

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Wed Nov 14 20:36:28 EST 2012

You are right, the KJV translation of Isaiah 37:15(16)  reads: "thou  
art the God", with 'art' in place of HU.

Compare with Ex.3:13-15: And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come  
unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your  
fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his  
name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I Am That  
I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I  
Am hath sent me unto you.
with 'I am' = אני הוא ANIY HU.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Nov 14, 2012, at 1:05 PM, Michael Abernathy wrote:

> Nir,
> I understand both sides of the argument concerning the use of the  
> pronoun as either a hangover from an ancient word that happened to  
> sound like the pronoun but meaning "is" or a redundant (in English)  
> pronoun.  But I am a little confused how you deal with the passages  
> whereהוּא   is used with another pronoun like Isaiah 7:28:
> אַתָּה־הוּא֙ הָֽאֱלֹהִ֔ים
> Do you understand this as "You are God Himself"?
> Sincerely,
> Michael Abernathy

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