A Treatise on the Use of the Tenses in Hebrew and Some Other Syntactical Questions (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1892 - Foreign Language Study - 306 pages
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First published in 1874, this classic work still stands as one of the most definitive texts on the nature and use of the Hebrew tenses. This edition includes a new introductory essay on the book's importance as a manual for today's students of the Hebrew language.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Perfect alone
13
The Imperfect alone
27
The Cohortative and Jussive
50
The Volnntative tvith Waw
64
The Imperfect with Waw Consecutive
70
Accents
100
The Perfect with Waw Consecutive
114
The Circumstantial Clause
195
On the Use of the Jussive Form
212
On Arabic as Illustrative of Hebrew¹
219
On the Principle of Apposition in Hebrew
246
APPENDIX V
264
2 Some Uses of the Infinitive with Lamed
274
3 Order of Words
279
4 Constructions of the type
281

The Perfect and Imperfect with Weak Waw
158
The Participle¹
165
Hypotheticals
174

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Page lvi - You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Page 2 - In the first place, a particular verbal form may exhibit a given action as prior or subsequent to some date otherwise fixed by the narrative : this is a difference in the order of time. But, secondly, an action may be contemplated, according to the fancy of the speaker, or according to the particular point which he desires to make prominent, either as incipient*, or as continuing, or as completed ; the speaker may wish to lay stress upon the moment at which it begins, or upon the period over which...
Page 17 - The perfect is employed to indicate actions, the accomplishment of which lies indeed in the future, but is regarded as dependent upon such an unalterable determination of the will that it may be spoken of as having actually taken place : thus a resolution, promise, or decree, especially a Divine one, is very frequently announced in the perfect tense.
Page xlii - ... the whole of the situation is presented as a single unanalysable whole...
Page 5 - One such peculiarity is the ease and rapidity with which a writer changes his standpoint, at one moment speaking of a scene as though still in the remote future, at another moment describing it as though present to his gaze.
Page lxxxii - In the perfect of result, a present state is referred to as being the result of some past situation : this is one of the clearest manifestations of the present relevance of a past situation.
Page 21 - Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

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About the author (1892)

Driver was professor of Hebrew at Oxford University.

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