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A New Understanding of the Verbal System of Classical Hebrew: An Attempt to Distinguish Between Semantic and Pragmatic Factors
Furuli, Rolf

ōvre Smestadvei: Awatu, 2006 pp. 508. 300 kr

Description: For the first time all the 79,574 finite and infinite verbs in the Tanakh, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Ben Sira, and the Inscriptions have been analyzed in the same study. The description of the Hebrew verbal system in this study is completely new and different from any previous descriptions, both regarding the nature of each conjugation and the definition of the different forms. In the chapters of the book, 2,106 Hebrew passages with 4,261 verbs (1,402 wayyiqtols, 887 yiqtols, 78 weyiqtols, 769 qatals, 315 weqatals, 280 infinitives, and 530 participles) have been discussed and analyzed. This is 7.4 percent of all finite and infinite verbs that function as predicates in the Tanakh.

Subjects: Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew

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Review by John Kaltner
Published 11/4/2007
Citation: John Kaltner, review of Rolf Furuli, A New Understanding of the Verbal System of Classical Hebrew: An Attempt to Distinguish Between Semantic and Pragmatic Factors, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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