What ARE the clues for sequence in BH?
dwashbur at nyx.net
Wed Dec 15 19:33:47 EST 1999
> As I understand it, the aorist participle in NT Greek and the
> perfective participle and gerund in Russian encode sequentiality, i.e.
> an action which is completed before the action of the main verb. They
> stand opposed to their present and imperfective counterparts which
> encode simultaneity. A Greek aorist participle with an aorist main
> verb encode not just the perfective aspect of two completed actions
> but also the sequence of those actions. And sometimes you can get
> quite a string of aorist participles with one main verb, which are
> presumed to be in sequential order. Is that right?
Well, yes and no. The aorist participle before a finite verb suggests
sequence, but in other contexts it doesn't. I suspect this may be a
somewhat idiomatic use of it.
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.
More information about the b-hebrew