[B-Greek] Revelation 1:18

Stephen Baldwin stbaldwi at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 12 15:07:53 EDT 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen:
This is my first posting to this forum. I'm grateful for its existence and 
look forward to learning.
Just to introduce myself, I am not a professional theologian. Just a 
software engineer who would die to be able to study this stuff more. I've 
just completed a basic NTG course.

In chatting to some JWs recently, we discussed Rev 1:18 where the First and 
the Last states that "I was dead" (NIV). In the New World "translation", 
"became dead". Looking in my GNT it is written


The usage of GINOMAI struck me as curious and the notion of "becoming dead". 
Would a use of EIMI NEKROS have worked too? Should we understand "becoming 
dead" as being in the state of deadness? I'd be interested to read any 
thoughts regarding this, regarding the use of GINOMAI as an auxiliary verb 
etc. Also, if you have any references that discuss these types of questions, 
I'd be pleased to hear from you.


Stephen Baldwin
stbaldwi at hotmail.com

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