[B-Greek] New book on Verbal Aspect

Randall Buth randallbuth at gmail.com
Mon Nov 3 07:30:00 EST 2008

aubrey egrapse
I continue to wonder if Fanning fully understands Campbell discussion of
non-temporal nature and in Campbell's new "basics" takes many pains
to explain exactly what spacial meaning is. Spacial reference in the
augment does not exclude time because its relatively universal
(if not completely) that time is aways expressed through spacial metaphor.
Why else do we "look forward to tomorrow" and "put the past behind us"?
emphatic) and thus temporality in Greek is marked on the augment to
the extent that the augment marks remoteness, whether logical, temporal
or any other way you can use space as a metaphor in meaning - perhaps
even physical, though I haven't tested that.>

In Hebrew, the past is in FRONT of you, qedem, because you can see
what has happened, and the future is behind you because you can't
see what is comiing, like the 'back point of days' the future of days,
often in English 'the end of days' even when its not the end (Gn 49).

So plainest vanilla on the augment is still PAST temporal reference,
just like Dionysios Thrax treated it.


Randall Buth, PhD
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Biblical Language Center
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