Posted by: John Adams | March 4, 2010

Why Verb Tense (Doesn’t Always) Matter

I got called out in Greek class today by my T.A.

Apparently, aorist tense verbs don’t always refer to a past tense with continuing implications for the present. It depends more on context. You have to take it on a case-by-case basis.

I think I managed to avoid saying anything heretical, but it’s a lesson learned all the same. First-year Greek students should tread carefully when drawing exegetical implications from tenses they have just learned. (Thanks, Greg.)

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