Genesis 3:15d – the Protoevangelicum

Published by Richard C. McDonald

I am married to Nancy McDonald and we have two boys, Noah and Stephen. I am a high school history teacher at Whitefield Academy in Louisville, KY. I am also an adjunct instructor of Old Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College. I am a fan of LSU, and college football in general. My family and I are members at Sojourn Church-JTown in Louisville, KY.

2 thoughts on “Genesis 3:15d – the Protoevangelicum

  1. Did you ever do the piece on energetic nun? I found the discussion at Gesenius (1910) §58.4 – nûn energicum. Footnote 4 is interesting: ‘It is, however, a question whether, instead of a connecting syllable, we should not assume a special verbal form, analogous to the Arabic energetic mood (see l, at the end) and probably also appearing in the Hebrew cohortative.’


  2. I’ll have to look over my stuff to remind myself if I covered it or not. However, I don’t agree with the footnote. In a part of my dissertation I argued and demonstrated that the energic nun carries weight. This is another thing Christian Hebraists started to move away from. I can’t remember the grammarian, but someone in the early to mid 20th century wrote a book complaining about the use of ’emphasis.’ However, I do think the energic nun still adds emphasis to the verbal form. The footnote may be correct in part that the energy may also have to do with the verb form, but we can’t toss out the ending.

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