Word Order and Time in Biblical Hebrew Narrative

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

byTal Goldfajn

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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 thiscontroversy, 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 formsused 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.

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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 thiscontroversy, which has been argued over since at least...

Tal Goldfajn is a Professor of Biblical Hebrew at University of Sao Paulo.
Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198269536

ISBN - 13:9780198269533

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`The author is well-informed about the history of the study of Hebrew grammar ... the book is written clearly and with intelligence.'Old Testament Abstracts, vol 22, 1999