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The Type הנבאו in the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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In Biblical Hebrew the form of the conversive imperfect differs according to persons; while the second and third persons sometimes have a short form, the first person has a regular form or a lengthened one. Bergsträsser has suggested that the above distinction according to persons in the conversive imperfect is not original in Hebrew but rather an analogy to the modal system. David Talshir has substantiated Bergsträsser's suggestion with evidence from late Biblical Hebrew and the Dead Sea Scrolls. This chapter discusses that Bergsträsser suggestion is not supported by the biblical data but by the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Samaritan Text. It re-examine the history of the conversive imperfect in the light of the distinction of the forms according to persons. The chapter presents the table which indicates the distribution of the apocopated and non-apocopated forms in the various phases of the Bible.

Keywords: Bergsträsser; Bible; Dead Sea Scrolls; Hebrew; Samaritan Text



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