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Verb Tense in the Peshitta Tanakh
Luc Lefebvre Wrote:... in Hebrew (compared to how we would think in English). Within Hebrew there isn't actually a past, present or future tense. Rather you have a completed action (perfect) or incompleted action (imperfect). The completed action / perfect is similar to our past tense and the incompleted action / imperfect is similar to our future tense. What makes it even more complicated though is that it switches when coupled with a vav (vav revsersive and vav conversive respectively). So in Genesis 1:7 for example, we read "vayya'as Elohim et ha-ra'qia - And God made the firmameant/expanse". The verb asa (make/do) in the first word is 3rd masculine singular imperfect which would usually be rendered as "he (Elohim) will do / make" ...

Now, question for language scholars ...: ... is there still a significance to the fact that the verb is imperfect as ScorpioSniper is alluding to?

I am no language expert, but for a simpleton that would explain a lot about what He (YHWH) was up to the next 5 days, as He was still working to complete the creation, awmain. Eloheem started things in motion the first day but we know that it was not finished and that He then for the next five days worked at completing what He had started.

And being the word is in the incomplete that alone <!-- s:eh: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/eh.gif" alt=":eh:" title="Eh" /><!-- s:eh: --> coupled with the rest of Chapter 1 <!-- s:lookround: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/lookround.gif" alt=":lookround:" title="Look Round" /><!-- s:lookround: --> should tell the story <!-- s:oha: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/oha.gif" alt=":oha:" title="Oha!" /><!-- s:oha: --> .

Anyway you know how those English are when translating Scriptures, hardly one has gotten it all right as of today, oy veh. <!-- sSad --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/sad.gif" alt="Sad" title="Sad" /><!-- sSad -->

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Re: Verb Tense in the Peshitta Tanakh - by The Texas RAT - 10-24-2012, 05:13 PM

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