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The Use of the Verb in the Apocalypse

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This chapter lists the figures of the different categories as we have counted them from the Codex Alexandrinus; after that comes the discussion of the use of the various categories in connection with possibly underlying Semitic verb categories or periphrastics. It explains why exactly the medio-passive perfect participle is the exception to this general rule. A second glance at our statistics may reveal that among the most frequent categories, there seems to be some disproportion between active and middle passive in the former two as opposed to the latter. From the schemes of the Mishnaic Hebrew and Palestinian Aramaic verbal subsystems one might get the impression that all the Semitic categories occurred in two-fold, in the active and in the reflexive-passive voice. The use of tenses is therefore not different from the similar shifts of time which we have seen in the discussion of the use of the present indicative.

Keywords: Codex Alexandrinus; medio-passive perfect participle; Palestinian Aramaic verbal subsystems; reflexive-passive voice; semitic verb categories; verb



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