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Comments on Waltke and O'Connor, An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax

, 2011

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Students of Biblical Hebrew know that Bruce K. Waltke and Michael P. O'Connor's An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax is a standard intermediate reference grammar for biblical Hebrew. William D. Barrick has built on their work by providing a commentary that works through all 40 chapters of this important Hebrew grammar.

Comments on Waltke and O'Connor, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax adds a new level of depth to the work of Waltke and O'Connor. Barrick provides alternative view points for debated issues and historical context for grammatical perspectives. He also supplements Waltke and O'Connor with additional bibliographic resources that have been published since An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax was first published in 1993. Throughout, Barrick points out important discussion points, so that reader can more easily recognize valuable content from Waltke and O'Connor. At its foundation, Barrick's Comments on Waltke and O'Connor functions as a guided tour of this popular Hebrew grammar by an esteemed and respected Old Testament scholar.

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  • A running commentary on the most popular intermediate Hebrew grammar
  • Helpful bibliographic annotations
  • Concise summaries of view points and alternative perspectives

Top Highlights

“Perfectivity involves viewing a situation as a whole, viewing it globally” (Page 24)

“The distinction between the synchronic and diachronic view of language (biblical Hebrew) is important to understand” (Page 1)

“because Waltke and O’Connor do not present a full treatment of the sentence and its major clauses” (Page 4)

“Context and context alone determines temporal orientation.” (Page 25)

“intensive (‘deep wisdom’) or distributive (‘all kinds of wisdom’) or merely stylistic” (Page 6)

  • Title: Comments on Waltke and O’Connor, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax
  • Author: William D. Barrick
  • Publisher: Faithlife
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Hebrew language › Syntax; Hebrew language › Grammar; Bible. O.T. › Language, style
  • Resource Type: Grammar
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-04-26T21:22:15Z

Before joining The Master’s Seminary faculty in 1997, Dr. Barrick served with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE). In 1981 he and his family moved to Bangladesh. In that ministry Dr. Barrick served as the Exegetical Consultant for Bible translation projects, theological consultant for the Literature Division, and adjunct faculty member of the Baptist Bible Institute of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Theological Seminary, and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary Extension Program (Singapore). Prior to joining ABWE in 1979, Dr. Barrick had been Professor and Chairman of the Old Testament Department at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary from 1972 to 1978. Beyond his teaching and Bible translation work, Dr. Barrick has been active in a variety of ministries including three years as Director of Church Planting in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He has also had a varied writing ministry from scholarly journals to adult Sunday School materials. Dr. Barrick has been writing in the areas of Bible and theology for forty years. His writings range from adult Sunday school materials, in-house library publications, and newspaper editorials to technical journal articles in English and a commentary on the book of Daniel in Bengali. In addition, as a result of his fifteen years of Bible translation ministry in Bangladesh, he has participated in the production of Bibles, New Testaments, and Bible sections in six different languages. While in Bangladesh he participated in the editing of over twenty books and tracts, including a Bengali translation of Unger’s Bible Handbook. During his doctoral studies he worked as a phototypesetter and proofreader for the first fascicle of The Hittite Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and a number of other major volumes. Dr. Barrick has been involved in writing or contributing to 24 books, and has authored over 120 periodical articles and book reviews. Dr. Barrick has been married to his wife Barbara for 42 years. They have four married children and fourteen grandchildren. He is currently Professor of Old Testament and Director of Th.D. Studies at The Master’s Seminary.


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  1. Hernando Cardenas O.
  2. Emory Horvath

    Emory Horvath


    And what happened to Waltke's book itself? It seems to have disappeared from Logos recently.
  3. Jim Darlack

    Jim Darlack


    Content is helpful and worthwhile, but the structuring of the resource is disappointing, given the price-point. I expected the document to sync automatically with the IBHS sections, but the proper milestones are not added to the current structure of the document. :(
  4. Michael T. Fox
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    Debra W Bouey


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