[B-Greek] Mark 3:14
kline-dekooning at earthlink.net
Wed Apr 12 22:38:25 EDT 2006
On Apr 5, 2006, at 9:24 PM, Norman Wood wrote:
> Wallace in Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics gives a description of
> the iterative present.
> "The present tense may be used to describe an event that repeatedly
> happens"(pg 520). He suggests Mark 3:14 as an example and the only
> present that I can see is the present subjunctive INA WSIN MET AUTOU.
> Does this mean that the present subjunctive means that they would
> be with him not continuously, but again and again ie they would be
> with him, then not, then back with him over and over again?Or have
> I got the wrong bit?
> Any thoughts would be welcome.
> Norman Wood
MARK 3:14 KAI EPOIHSEN DWDEKA [hOUS KAI APOSTOLOUS WNOMASEN]
hINA WSIN MET' AUTOU KAI hINA APOSTELLHi AUTOUS KHRUSSEIN
I suspect Wallace is looking at APOSTELLHi. Having followed many
discussions in this forum that start out with some misleading
statement from the grammar you are using, I wonder why anyone would
use it as at textbook. However I find nothing wrong with the
quotation "The present tense may be used to describe an event that
repeatedly happens" as long as it is made very very clear that
iterativity is not a semantic feature of the present tense. People
who set out to write reference grammars should have a solid
background in linguistics. I suspect that is why GGBB causes some
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