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Bibil Identifier bibil:215457
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Word Order in the War Scroll (1QM) and Its Implications for Interpretation
Author Screnock, John
Journal Dead Sea Discoveries (Volume: 18, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 29-44 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In studies of Qumran Hebrew, syntax has been somewhat neglected. The present study attempts to help fill in our understanding of QH syntax, and word order specifically. The data of 1QM can best be explained using a Subject-Verb model. However, the model is not perfect. Consideration of the strange word order patterns of רוע and תקע leads to a revision of the SV model, which is better able to account for all the word order phenomena in 1QM. The basic word order of 1QM is best described as Subject-Verb, with inversion triggered by the fronting of a non-subject element or by the use of an intransitive main verb. A robust understanding of word order carries important ramifications for interpretation. In 1QM 1:1-3, for example, word order supports an identification of the sons of Levi, Judah, and Benjamin as “violators of the covenant.“
DOI 10.1163/156851711X551563
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts : Texts : 1Q - Qumran Cave 1 : 1QM - War Scroll (Milhamah)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Syntax
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