Re: Aorist resources

Mr. Timothy T. Dickens (
Sun, 8 Dec 1996 22:53:03 -0500 (EST)

At 05:26 PM 12/8/96 -0800, wrote:
>I am writine a paper on which I need to know the state of
>the art interpretation on the force and semantics of the
>Aorist tense. Need to know what advanced grammars and/or
>journal articles would be most helpful in understanding and
>footnoting the current understanding of the Aorist tense.
>Please submit your suggestions of resources I should
>Paul Lorenzen -- Sparks, Nevada

Dear Paulus,

A good place to start would be with D.A Carson's book Exegetical Fallacies.
(Sorry, Eudora does not do underlines.) One subject that he discusses is
what he calls the "Abused Aorist." I think Carson was right about how
oversimplified the aorist is read by beginners and experts alike. He takes
the reader throughout the GNT to show varies ways how the aorist can be read
and interpreted. No longer can it be said that the aorist simply stands for
"past tense" and "once and for all aspect."

Peace and Love,
Timothy T. Dickens
Smyrna, GA Home School

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