Re: Stanley Porter and Periphrastic Participles

From: Rod Decker (
Date: Mon Mar 24 1997 - 07:18:51 EST

Re. Eric's, Ron's, and Micheal's comments,
>>Stanley Porter's "rule" for periphrastic participles confuses me.
>>IDIOMS OF THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT he states (pp. 45ff.):
>>"In determining whether a given instance of EIMI and a participle is
>>periphrastic, it is useful to keep in mind that no elements may
>>intervene between the auxiliary verb [EIMI] and the participle except
>>for those which complete or directly modify the participle (not the verb
>I have a very hard time seeing how Porter came up with this 'rule'. There
>is no reason to expect that the intervening material should modify the
>participle rather than EIMI.
>This 'rule' is one which I hope teachers of 2nd year Greek will NOT teach
>their students.

I'd suggest this is a worthy topic for an MA/ThM thesis--if there are any
grad. students out there searching for a topic.


 Rodney J. Decker Asst. Prof./NT Baptist Bible Seminary Clarks Summit, PA

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