[B-Greek] Revelation 11:3 (Verb Tense)
juanstam at racsa.co.cr
Mon Nov 28 09:22:47 EST 2005
Very helpful, Goerge, but then how do you explain the aorists in 11:10-14?
Juan, Costa Rica
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From: "George F Somsel" <gfsomsel at juno.com>
To: <juanstam at racsa.co.cr>
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Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 8:17 AM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Revelation 11:3 (Verb Tense)
> On Mon, 28 Nov 2005 07:24:22 -0600 Juan Stam <juanstam at racsa.co.cr>
>> Greetings from Costa Rica!
>> Los tiempos verbales in Rev 11 seem chaotic, switching constantly
>> with no
>> apparent reason I can find. 11:3 is futuro but 4-6 switches to past,
>> 11:7 back to future, 11:8-10b in present, 11:10c in future,
>> 11:10d-14a om
>> aorist and 11:14b in present. (Hope I recorded these correctly; at
>> any rate,
>> there seems to be no consistency or logic in the tenses)
>> Or can someone explain all those shifts?
>> If not, the future tense of 11:3 tells us little or nothing about
>> narrative of 11:3-13, that I can discover.
>> Juan Stam, Costa Rica
> It would seem to me that vv. 4 ff constitute a kind of parenthesis in
> which a description of the nature of the two witnesses is given (thus in
> the present). The narrative resumes in v. 7 with the future more
> probable statement that when they have completed (aor subj) their
> testimony the beast "will conduct war against them and will conquer"
> (future) them. The shift in tenses is thus due to the descriptive nature
> of the parenthetical material.
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