[b-hebrew] הוּא after pronouns

Donald Vance donaldrvance at mac.com
Thu Nov 15 08:14:59 EST 2012

It is being used as a copula like we see in Syriac.

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Donald R. Vance
Oral Roberts University
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On Nov 15, 2012, at 12:07 AM, Michael Abernathy <mabernathy at conwaycorp.net> wrote:

> I notice there are a number of passages where הוּא follows a pronoun and is usually translated into English something like "I am," "you are," or "he is."
> See for example 2 Sam. 7:28, Psalm 44:4, Isaiah 37:16, 43:25, Jeremiah 14:22
> If the pronoun is not used as a copula, what is its meaning?  It may be a stretch but in some cases I could see it as a substitution to avoid using the name of God.  I believe this is how Baumgarten understood its use in Isaiah.  I understand some take it that it emphasizes the prounoun.  So 2 Sam 7:28 would read something like "You and only you are God." 
> Do we have any consensus here?
> Sincerely,
> Michael Abernathy
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