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


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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the relation between the four main biblical Hebrew (BH) verb forms and the temporal ordering of classical BH text narrative. It has suggested that the differences in the use of the BH verb forms should be analysed in their intersentential use and proposed that a tense marker can only be properly understood when its place and role in the text has been determined. The general argument of this study is that the main function of the BH verb forms is to indicate the temporal relations holding between the events in the text.

Keywords: Hebrew verbs; biblical Hebrew; temporal ordering; text narrative; verb forms; intersentential use; tense marker; temporal relations

Chapter.  4684 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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