[b-hebrew] text on the BH verb structure

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Fri Aug 23 22:52:24 EDT 2013

1. HAL-O-K contains the personal pronoun הוא HU, contracted to a  
mere O, Identifying the prophet as the performer of the act HALAK.
2. WQARA-TA contains the personal pronoun אתה ATAH identifying the  
the prophet as the performer of the act QARA.
3. ZAKAR-TIY contains the personal pronoun אתי ATIY (for ANIY)  
identifying God as the performer of the act ZAKAR.
4. You are right in saying that the identifications are context driven.
5. The "why" is, in my humble opinion, pointless.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Aug 23, 2013, at 9:42 PM, Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. wrote:

> let me start with the
> observation (i am sure you will agree) that predictions based on TAM
> (tense-aspect-mood) often fail to explain the BH verb form. in jer.  
> 2:2 we find
> הלך וקראת...זכרתי לך
> why is וקראת weqatal and not yiqtol? why is זכרתי qatal  
> and not wayiqtol?

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