Re: Inceptive aorist: questionable textbook example?

Jonathan Robie (
Mon, 30 Dec 1996 20:48:36 -0500

At 05:44 PM 12/30/96 -0800, Alan Repurk wrote:
>Stephen C. Carlson wrote:
>> I think you've found a pedological limitation to the use of constructed
>> texts. They are presented in a vacuum, without any context, which is
>> essential. I looked for the aorist forms of DIDASKW in the gospels,
>> and none of them are inceptive. I would guess that the author intended
>> the inceptive aorist from his use of the non-classical TOTE = thereupon,
>> but I can't be sure.
>> Stephen Carlson
>How about in Mr 1:21 where is was not until the sabbath had started 'EUQUS
>and that he had entered into the synagogue 'EISELQWN EIS THN SUNAGWGHN' that he
>began to teach 'EDIDASKEN' ?


Some translations add "began to" to this verse, others simply say that Jesus
taught. But what would justify inserting the phrase "began to" in Mark 1:21?
Why should we treat this as an inceptive aorist?


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