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Title: Tripartite Nominal Clauses and Appositional Clauses in Biblical Hebrew
Author(s): ZEWI, Tamar
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 36    Date: 1999   
Pages: 36-47
DOI: 10.2143/ANES.36.0.525779

Abstract :
This paper confronts one aspect related to nominal clauses in Biblical Hebrew, namely, the border line between the so called tripartite nominal clause that includes an independent personal pronoun, such as [HEBREW TEXT] — “Now Joseph was the vizier of the land; it was he who dispensed rations to all the people of the land” (Gen. 42:6), and a nominal construction involving an appositional clause, such as [HEBREW TEXT] — “The name of the second river is Gihon, the one that winds through the whole land of Cush” (Gen. 2:13). The purpose of the paper is to make a clear distinction between the two. The discussion also examines instances such as [HEBREW TEXT] — “And the fourth river is the Euphrates”/ “And the fourth river, that is the Euphrates” (Gen. 2:14), and regards them not as nominal clauses in the order ‘subject — an independent personal pronoun — predicate’ but as similar to other constructions containing a head and an appositional clause in the order ‘an independent personal pronoun/predicate — subject’.

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