Biblical Hebrew and Tense

Tal Goldfajn

in Word Order and Time in Biblical Hebrew Narrative

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269533
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683671 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Biblical Hebrew and Tense

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This chapter examines the verb tense and the past-present-future axis in biblical Hebrew (BH) language. It explains the standard linear representation of time in linguistics and highlights some of the objections which have been raised with regard to this interpretation. The most famous objections to the threefold division of time into past, present, and future have come from linguists who claim that certain cultures have absolutely no concept of time.

Keywords: biblical Hebrew; verb tense; Hebrew language; expression of time; linguistics

Chapter.  7332 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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