The Proleptic Aorist revisited
Alan B. Thomas
a_b_thomas at yahoo.com
Thu May 30 22:26:09 EDT 2002
I think you have produced both valid and challenging
comments with your observations. I have nothing
substantial to add, but thought it might be of some
use to make a few comments myself.
> John 13:31
> LEGEI IHSOUS NUN EDOXASQH hO hUIOS TOU ANQRWPOU
> KAI hO QEOS EDOXASQH EN AUTWi
> Possible DC: Judas exit from the room.
I really question whether or not this should be
included as a proleptic aorist. There need not be any
future referred to here. The adverb NUN with an aorist
verb is noteworthy, but one can only argue for a
future event on other than grammatical grounds.
I believe the "future" aorist is very rare, for those
who see them at all, but I have always considered them
idioms, much as Wallace's gloss of the Romans 8
passage suggests. For example...
> Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied also
> them, when he said: "Look the Lord will come
> (AORIST) with his holy
The lord's return is being presented here as a
certainty. At least this is how I take what appears to
me to be a idiom.
I would unpack this idiom as .....
Look! the Lord will certainly come.... and when he
Alan B. Thomas
Unless God provides indisputable, verifiable evidence
of His revelation to mankind,
it must be rejected at all costs....
("I did nothing in secret" Jesus Christ)
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