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.
“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)