A Treatise on the Use of the Tenses in Hebrew and Some Other Syntactical Questions

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1892 - Foreign Language Study - 306 pages
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Originally published in 1874 by Oxford University Press, this was the first attempt in English to expound the principles of Hebrew syntax on lines at once philosophical and scientific. This edition adopts the third and final 1892 edition of Driver's classic work and includes a new introductory essay

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The Perfect alone
The Imperfect alone
The Cohortative and Jussive
The Volnntative tvith Waw
The Imperfect with Waw Consecutive
The Perfect with Waw Consecutive
The Circumstantial Clause
On the Use of the Jussive Form
On Arabic as Illustrative of Hebrew¹
On the Principle of Apposition in Hebrew
2 Some Uses of the Infinitive with Lamed
3 Order of Words
4 Constructions of the type

The Perfect and Imperfect with Weak Waw
The Participle¹

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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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Driver was professor of Hebrew at Oxford University.

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