Word Order and Time in Biblical Hebrew Narrative

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This book addresses the problem of temporal interpretation within narrative of the biblical Hebrew verb, thus exploring the broader issue of the expression of time in language and the ways in which we can attempt to understand and represent it. Goldfajn offers a summary of this controversy, which has been argued over since at least the tenth century, presenting previous scholarly opinions and theories. She argues that one possible way of understanding the fundamental meanings of the Hebrew verbs is by examining ...
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Overview


This book addresses the problem of temporal interpretation within narrative of the biblical Hebrew verb, thus exploring the broader issue of the expression of time in language and the ways in which we can attempt to understand and represent it. Goldfajn offers a summary of this controversy, which has been argued over since at least the tenth century, presenting previous scholarly opinions and theories. She argues that one possible way of understanding the fundamental meanings of the Hebrew verbs is by examining the role played in ordering time by the four main verb forms used in biblical Hebrew narrative. Accordingly, emphasis is given to the intersentential use of these forms and the variety of interesting ways in which they establish the order of events.
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Abbreviations
System of Transliteration
The Wife of the Orientalist
Introduction 1
1 On Biblical Hebrew Temporality 7
2 Biblical Hebrew and Tense 34
3 The Hebrew Verbs and Aspect 53
4 Tense and Aspect in Texts 73
5 Word Order in Biblical Hebrew Narrative 90
6 Temporal Ordering in Genesis 41 105
7 Temporal Relations within the Two Basic Set-Ups 116
8 The Hebrew Verb in Classical BH Narrative 123
9 Conclusion 139
Bibliography 151
Index of Biblical References 164
General Index 167
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