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martyrcalvin posted a topic in Syntax ModulesHello all, I am trying to create a Hebrew construct search that will find all the occurrences in the HB of when a yiqtol follows a qatal without an intervening wayyiqtol OR when a qatal follows a yiqtol without an intervening wayyiqtol. I am working on the inset hymns (i.e., "verse" or "poetry) of Habakkuk 3:3–16 where this "tense shifting" occurrence takes place and I am trying to see where else it occurs in order to track diachronic development. I am aware of all the varying opinions about viewing the BHVS (Biblical Hebrew Verbal System) as primarily aspectual or primarily tensed based. From the "tense-based" approach to the BHVS, one might call this phenomenon "tense shifting," while from the aspectual approach, one might simply call it the qatal/yiqtol yiqtol/qatal (QYYQ) pattern. This pattern is most common in verse or poetry as opposed to narrative or direct speech. For example, in Hab 3:7 the qatal/yiqtol pattern without an intervening wayyiqtol appears, a qatal in the cola and a yiqtol in the bicola: תַּ֣חַת אָ֔וֶן רָאִ֖יתִי אָהֳלֵ֣י כוּשָׁ֑ן יִרְגְּז֕וּן יְרִיע֖וֹת אֶ֥רֶץ מִדְיָֽן׃ I would render this verse like this: "I saw the tents of Cushan under distress, the tent curtains of the land of Midian were trembling. Any help would be much appreciated. thanks, Josh Henson