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Word Order and Time in Biblical Hebrew Narrative$
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Tal Goldfajn

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269533.001.0001

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Word Order and Time in Biblical Hebrew Narrative

Tal Goldfajn

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage and objective of this book, which is the temporal interpretation of word order and expression of time in the biblical Hebrew (BH) verb. This book postulates that the use of BH verb forms in classical BH is not arbitrary. It proposes two parameters that may be used to organize more consistently the observations concerning the time indications of the BH verb. The first parameter deals with the existence of two initial temporal set-ups and the second is about the role of verb order sequences in setting the temporal relations between the events within each temporal set-up.

Keywords:   expression of time, word order, biblical Hebrew, Hebrew verb, temporal interpretation, temporal relations, verb order

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