Luigi Santopaolo

The “Visionaryµ «wĕhinnēh» The Use of the Construction «wĕhinnēh» with the Participle in Daniel 8

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Keywords: Book of Daniel, Vision Reports, Evidentiality

This paper aims to describe the wĕhinnēh participle clauses in the Dn 8 vision report. This syntactic pattern seems to combine two perspectives: simultaneity and evidentiality. Simultaneity, expressed by a flexible verbal form such as participle, is associated to the empathic potential of the conjunction wĕhinnēh, which indicates the source of the perception (evidentiality). This association will be peculiarly productive in visionary accounts, where it is necessary to convert an instantaneous perception into a description.

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