[B-Greek] Gnomic present

Mark Wilson emory2oo2 at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 8 09:27:57 EDT 2003


Do not think of the "Gnomic" as something related to Tense. Gnomic should be 
as something related to a Proposition. Gnomics therefore can occur with 
Presents or Aorists,
for example.

A Gnomic statement almost falls within its own Genre. You have to look for 
features surrounding
the proposition to determine if it is a temporal based proposition or not.

If the entire passage is a Gnomic expression, then I would caution you from 
dissecting its
individual components into temporal units.

There are several Present Tense verbs within this passage; are you referring 
to one particular (unit)
or are you asking about the entire passage?

Some thoughts,

Mark Wilson

>From: <t.j.logan at highstream.net>
>Reply-To: t.j.logan at highstream.net
>To: <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: [B-Greek] Gnomic present
>Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 23:36:12 -0400
>Wallace states the gnomic present presents a timeless fact
>may John 5:24 be considered an example of this
>John 5:24
>24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth 
>on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into 
>condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
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