[B-Greek] Hebrews 1:3-4 participles and verb aspect
jfs at jfsanders.com
Sat Mar 10 08:10:02 EST 2007
Although I am not an verbal aspect type fellow, at least not how aspect is
usually presented (can I say the classic form of aspect), I have some
qualms about the use of tense (time) in thes verses, though. I think that
the association of tense (time) with each verb is a modern conceit. That
does not mean that tense is not there, it can be extracted when required. I
define the present tenses as on-going and the past tenses as some form of
existence. The future tenses are time encoded.
So when is time required? When there is some sequence of events identified.
Let me give an example of my thinking. If I say that the square of the
hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares two adjoining sides, the verb
is does not convey any sense of time. I am saying that time is not part
of the matrix of this conversation at all. Euclid uses ISON ESTI for my is
equal, if anyone is interested.
So I am looking at these two verses, and I see two present participles, an
aorist participle, and aorist verb, an aorist participle and a perfect verb.
So the Son is being, carrying, both in the on-going aspect, he made clean,
meaning the cleaning exists, he sits, meaning his sitting exists, he became,
meaning his becoming exists, and he inherited, meaning that the inheriting
has already occurred but still continues. I see no need to have any time
frames at all. I see no need to sequence these events at all.
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