[b-hebrew] הוּא after pronouns

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Fri Nov 16 10:04:02 EST 2012

Niccacci is right on this (thanks James!). The pronoun הוא is acting as predicate of the pronoun אתה: "you are he/it". The noun האלהים is then functioning appositionally: "you are he, the God". This sounds very clunky in English, but the sense can be conveyed with something like "You are it, O God!" or "You are it: you are God!" or "YOU are God!" or even "God, you're the one!"

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From: James Spinti <jspinti at eisenbrauns.com<mailto:jspinti at eisenbrauns.com>>
Date: Friday, 16 November 2012 1:00 AM
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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] הוּא after pronouns


This is discussed in "The Verbless Clause in Biblical Hebrew," pages 227-230, in the article by Alviero Niccacci, Types and Functions of the Nominal Sentence. He specifically mentions and translates 2 Sam 7:28 in footnote 50:
50. Literally, ‘It is you that are he, namely the (only) God’.

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