(c) 2000 Dr Hendel; 1st appeared in Bais Medrash (c) Torah.Org

Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 12:35:09 -0500
From: rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu (Russell Hendel)
Subject: Re: Singing

A brief answer to Micah's experiment in Bais Medrash Vol 1 Number 63:
1) VAV + Future MEANS past
2) Past MEANS pastperfect
3) Present can MEAN "was doing"

The clearest example of this is Gen 4:1: >  >  And Adam HAD ALREADY KNOWN (Past
perfect) his wife Chava who had conceived (past) and given birth (Past) to
Kayim<  <

See Rashi who derives from this that Kayin was born before expulsion from
Gan Eden while hevel was born afterwards.

Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA
Rhendel @ mcs drexel edu