Word Order in Biblical Hebrew Narrative

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

Word Order in Biblical Hebrew Narrative

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This chapter examines the syntactic phenomenon of word order in biblical Hebrew (BH) narrative. It argues that variation of verb order is neither random nor explicable solely in terms of stylistic choice and claims that verb order alterations have important effects on the temporal relations between the situations described in a narrative. This chapter suggests that the word order phenomena in BH should be considered as playing a major role in conveying temporal shifts and nuances within the biblical text.

Keywords: word order; biblical Hebrew; biblical narrative; verb order; temporal relations; temporal shifts; biblical text

Chapter.  4831 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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