present indicative in Rom 6:14-24
brocine at earthlink.net
Wed Apr 14 15:51:00 EDT 1999
> >Here is about where my question comes in. If the passage does indeed
> >utilize a "rhetorical" present, I assume Paul anticipates his readers
> >have nearly so much trouble understanding the rhetorical usage as all
> >commentators! Your suggestion that this passage may amount to an example
> >the "historical present" is helpful. Is that my answer? Or can the list
> >point to other Greek literature in which a distinctly rhetorical use of
> >present is found, not of the historical present per se, i.e., some of
> >"quite a bit of ancient literary and rhetorical models that could
> >the question."
> One other Pauline example of rhetorical usage of the present tense in the
> first person comes immediately to mind: 1 Cor 13: EAN TAIS GLWSSAIS TWN
> ANQRWPWN LALW KAI TWN AGGELWN ...
But isn't 1 Cor 13:1-2 present *subjunctive* as made implied by v. 2's EIDW,
so that the whole construction is a protasis-apodosis construction?
B. M. Rocine
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