What ARE the clues for sequence in BH?

Dave Washburn 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.

Dave Washburn
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.
                                   Psalm 86:11

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