Re: 'default' aorist

Tue, 29 Oct 1996 08:52:26 -0800

Let me ask a hypothetical question about the default aorist then.
If a NT writer wanted to say that someting happened in the past, and it
was important that it happened once in the past, what would one expect?
A Perfect? If NT authors use an aorist, does that mean we cannot say
that they "intend" (yes, I know all the problems about intention) to say
that the event took place completely in the past?

Ken Litwak
Graduate Theological Union
Berserkely, CA
(when not being a Java-enabled programmer)