Re: John 8:58

Yes, I am well aware there's an imperfect, which is really a secondary 
tense of the present; what I meant is that of the three systems of the 
language, present, aorist, and perfect, EINAI has only the present. And 
actually I DO believe that the LXX reading plays a role in 8:58. I don't 
think anyone has suggested it, but I might as well toss in that the 
imperfect of the Hebrew EHYEH has an entirely different sense from the 
imperfect of the Greek HN or HMHN.

Carl W. Conrad
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