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There is a reason you aren't finding any examples like Eccl 1:6 -- this is a phenomenon known as null cataphora, that is a null (subject) pronoun whose antecedent follows in the next clause. The normal pattern is, of course, anaphora, in which the pronoun (null or overt) follows the antecedent. (I gave two conference papers on anaphora and cataphora this summer and have an article on anaphora coming out in the Journal for Semitics). Cataphora is extremely rare simply due to the ambiguity -- the reader/listener cannot identify the referent of the verbal subject until it is finally given. Obviously this kind of delay is not desirable in normal language due to the processing load / communicative confusion. If I were to hazard a guess why it occurs in Eccl 1:6 it would be because the author is deliberately being coy -- what's coming next? It's fascinating the the LXX and Targ both mistake the ambiguity and take the subject as the sun! (I guess they take it as a reference to the seasonal shift of the sun, not its daily journey.) Confirms the problem with cataphora, doesn't it?
Edited by Robert Holmstedt, 25 August 2019 - 02:38 PM.
Professor, Hebrew and Northwest Semitic Languages
Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
The University of Toronto