Temporal Ordering in Genesis 41

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

Temporal Ordering in Genesis 41

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This chapter examines the temporal ordering of the biblical Hebrew (BH) narrative text in chapter 41 of the Book of Genesis. It attempts to show that there are two basic temporal sets underlying the more general temporal organization of the BH narrative text. It analyses the distribution of the verb forms within each set and concludes that the primary function of the BH verb forms is to establish the specific temporal relations that exist between the sentences in the text.

Keywords: temporal ordering; biblical narrative; biblical Hebrew; Genesis 41; verb forms; temporal relations

Chapter.  3743 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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