'A Treatise on the Use of the Tenses in Hebrew and Some Other Syntactical Questions' is the foundation of all modern studies of the Hebrew and Semitic verb. Driver maintained that the tenses of Hebrew verbs were employed to express types of action rather than time. While not undisputed, Driver set the tone for the conversation. While modern concerns may pay closer attention to contextuality or to state and action, many continue to acknowledge Driver's original emphasis that the Hebrew tense system is not primarily concerned with time relations.
Samuel R. Driver
S.R. Driver (1846-1914) was Fellow of New College until his appointment as Regius Professor of Hebrew and Canon of Christ Church in 1893. A founding Fellow of the British Academy, Driver is known for his various Biblical commentaries and his substantial work in Hebrew and is generally considered the greatest British Old Testament scholar of his time.