By Rick Wright
For the prior few many years progressively more students have tried to overthrow the conventional Wellhausian view that the socalled 'Yahwist' or 'J' resource of the Pentateuch is the oldest of the 4 significant resources. those students have argued that 'J' was once composed in the course of the exilic or post-exilic classes of historical Israel. Their arguments have occupied with the literary, historiographic, and theological features of 'J'. This ebook makes an attempt to think again on linguistic grounds such efforts to put the Yahwist resource within the exilic or post-exilic classes.
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419-26. Nor will it treat the problem of apocapated versus non-apocapted forms when attached to wawconversive, since different morphological and analogical processes are involved for final weak verbs; see E. Qimron, 'Consecutive and Conjunctive Imperfect: the Form of the Imperfect with Waw in Biblical Hebrew', JQR 77 (1986-87), pp. 149-61. 11 This long waw-consecutive occurs 94 times for the 1st person singular in the Bible. It occurs rarely in pre-exilic and exilic texts: Gen. 6; Josh. 8; Judg.
Similarly, when X and Y are the same word, Y~b X ]Tl is preferred, although examples of X "pm X "pn do occur, as seen below. 26. See Even-Shoshan, A New Concordance of the Old Testament, p. 167; Hannemann, 'Al Millat-ha-Yahas "Beyn" ba-Mishna u-va-Mikra', pp. 43-44. Examples of the Y~7 X "pD construction where X and Y are the same word include: Ezek. 18; 2 Chron. 10. 27 Note the following examples: Lev. 25 Numb. 56 Numb. 17 (2x) The alternative syntagma (a) occurs primarily in early books, 54 times in pre-exilic texts.
08. 3. Syntax 41 (Compare Deut. 3 (Compare Deut. 2 (Compare Deut. 12 How the T source fits into this schema is unclear. In T we find 35 instances of the HN plus suffix in the following verses: Gen. 26 Exod. 15 And there are 92 examples of the finite verb plus pronominal suffix in the following verses: Gen. 6 Exod. 80. 64 if we exclude parallel verses in 1-2 Chronicles - we find in postexilic prose. With respect to the use of HN plus suffix throughout the Hebrew Bible, 'J' resembles more closely the pre-exilic situation.