aorist tense

Ed Gorham aekalm at
Mon Oct 19 23:34:23 EDT 1998

I'm probably not up on the latest of the latest, and I have no idea where 
you are in your own studies, but if you are not conversant with the concept 
of verbal aspect, that would be a place to go. Stanley Porter's "Idioms of 
the Greek NT" would give you a valuable introduction, but you should go to 
his "Verbal Aspect of New Testament Greek", or Fanning's "Verbal Aspect in 
the Greek New Testament", for a full-blown treatment.

In my relatively short time studying Greek, I've learned to take the 
counsel of those who welcome and study the new theories of tenses, etc.,  
but who don't absolutize or embrace them, throwing off the older paradigms 
wholesale. Daniel Wallace, for example, is one who makes an excellent 
argument for the coexistence of Aktionsart and aspect, trying to use both 
understandings to get to an accruate, workable translation.

Hope that helps.

-Ed Gorham
aekalm at

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