Question about "paragogic he"
Are there any books or journal articles that discuss or explain the functions of the “paragogic hē” affixed to l plus qal infinitive construct, as in hc'x.r"l. (Exod 30:18), hb'r>q'l. (Exod 36:2), Hb'-ha'm.j'l. (Lev 15:32), h['b.rIl. (Lev 20:16), hq'x\r"l. (Ezek 8:6), hl'm.xul. (Ezek 16:5), etc.?
This is mentioned in Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar (§45 d). But Gesenius seems to be interested only in the forms (i.e., the “feminine forms” of the infinitive, which is “strictly speaking, independent nouns” or verbal substantives,”§45 a) and where they occur (§45 d, n.3: “According to the remark of Elias Levita on QimhÌi’s Mikhlol, ed. Rittenb., 14 a, these feminine forms occur almost exclusively in connexion with the preposition l..”) As far as I could ascertain, Gesenius does not explain or discuss the functions of these forms.
Paul T. Sato, Ph.D.
Last edited by paulsato; 04-18-2004 at 04:19 PM.