Word Order and Time in Biblical Hebrew Narrative

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Clarendon Press, Jul 30, 1998 - Religion - 186 pages
This book addresses the problem of temporal interpretation within narrative of the biblical Hebrew verb, thus exploring the broader issue of the expression of time in language and the ways in which we can attempt to understand and represent it. Tal Goldfajn offers a summary of this controversy, which has been argued over since at least the tenth century, presenting previous scholarly opinions and theories. She argues that one possible way of understanding the fundamental meanings of the Hebrew verbs is by examining the role played in ordering time by the four main verb forms used in biblical Hebrew narrative. Accordingly, emphasis is given to the intersentential use of these forms and the variety of interesting ways in which they establish the order of events.
 

Contents

On Biblical Hebrew Temporality
7
Biblical Hebrew and Tense
34
The Hebrew Verbs and Aspect
53
Tense and Aspect in Texts
76
Word Order in Biblical Hebrew Narrative
90
Temporal Ordering in Genesis 41
105
Temporal Relations within the Two Basic SetUps
116
The Hebrew Verb in Classical BH Narrative
123
Conclusion
139
Bibliography
151
73
159
Index of Biblical References
165
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