The stated aim of the Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar (BHRG) is to "serve as a reference work at an intermediate level for exegetes and translators of the Hebrew Bible who have a basic knowledge of Biblical Hebrew, but would like to use and broaden the knowledge that they acquired in an introductory course." This purpose is achieved with a thoroughly systematic organization that facilitates using the BHRG in conjunction with the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. The BHRG functions as a centralized resource in matters concerning the grammar and syntax of Biblical Hebrew, and will be found valuable by both beginning and advanced students of Biblical Hebrew.
“By using the perfect speakers describe an action from their perspective as completed. By using the imperfect speakers represent an action as incomplete or being in the process of completion.” (Page 142)
“Languages which have the grammatical means of indicating that an action is complete or incomplete are described as having an aspect system.” (Page 142)
“Note, however, that perfect and imperfect refer here to the forms of verbs and not to their functions.” (Page 143)
“This construction usually intensifies the verbal idea. In this way BH speakers/narrators express their conviction of the verity of their statements regarding an action. When a speaker has used this construction, a listener would not be able to claim at a later date that the speakers had not expressed themself clearly enough.” (Page 158)
“It is not clear whether in BH it is time that assumes aspect, or aspect that assumes time.” (Page 144)
Rev. John M. Wise