[Fwd: Tense of TETAGMENOI in Acts 13:48]

James S. Murray jsmurray at execpc.com
Sun Jul 4 18:54:30 EDT 1999

Daniel, Paul, Clayton, Moon-Ryul:

Thanks for setting me straight on this.


Jim Murray
Racine, WI

Daniel Riaño wrote:

> >I would appreciate some help in understanding the use of verb tense in
> >dependent clauses.  The text reads;  ...KAI EPISTEUSAN OSOI HSAN
> >TETAGMENOI EIS ZWHN AIWNION.  I take the dependent clause as an
> >adverbial relative clause, either of condition or possibly comparison
> >(yes?).  Is the use of the periphastic pluperfect relative to the main
> >verb, implying the action occurred prior to the action of the main verb,
> >or is this only true with participles (non-periphrastic, that is)?  I'm
> >just interested in the grammar, please.
>         It is a *substantive* clause (the subject). From a syntactic point
> of view some people would prefer not to call here O(/SOI a relative, as
> long as a) it is the subject of his own subordinate clause, but, b) it has
> no antecedent or consecuent, either implicit or explicit. (In Spanish some
> call it a "relacionante", bit I don't know the English term)
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Daniel Riaño Rufilanchas
> Madrid, España

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