[B-Greek] 1 John 1.9 Ed Glasscock in latest BibSac

Timothy Mitchell taztimmitchell at hotmail.com
Tue May 5 11:47:04 EDT 2009

I look at the present tense more in the way of showing an event or action as 'inprocess' [1]. The whole flow of though of 1:5-10 seems to be referring to an event that is in the process of happening. I think that John is showing a scenario 'in process' that his readers can place themselves into. My personal opinion is that the idea of the present showing a 'habitual' action is not imbedded in the present tense itself, but rather is found in the context of usage. It appears to me that seeing 1 John 1:9 as a 'habitual' confessing is motivated more by a theological persuasion rather than Greek Grammar 'per se'. ___________________________________________________________________________


[1] Wallace, Daniel B.. Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1996.


> Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 23:11:36 -0700
> From: mitchlarramore at yahoo.com
> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [B-Greek] 1 John 1.9 Ed Glasscock in latest BibSac
> Ed Glasscock, an unknown to me, has an article in BibSac on 1 John 1.9 and I wanted to ask a question or two on comments he makes.
> "The present tense verb "confess" implies a continual process of confessing, which indicates the continual potential of sin in a believer's life." 
> Does the Present Tense verb (hOMOLOGEW) really refer to some ongoing process? Does a Present Tense verb direct the readers' attention to the future, ever? I'm not sure I see how a Present Tense verb speaks to any issues beyond the "present."
> "The verb AFHi is an aorist subjunctive verb..." [In a footnote he adds, "The aorist simply asserts the actuality of the event..."]
> Is that the function of the Aorist Tense (in any mood) to indicate 'actuality'? I can see an Indicative Mood denoting 'actuality,' but not an Aorist verb, or a Subjunctive Mood verbal, ever.
> Mitch Larramore
> Sugar Land, Texas
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