Re: hEURISKEI in Acts 10:27 - Present Tense?

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Apr 07 1998 - 19:58:42 EDT

At 6:19 AM -0500 4/7/98, clayton stirling bartholomew wrote:
>After reading Carl and Carlton's posts on the Aorist this morning I was doing
>my morning study in Acts and ran across a present hEURISKEI in Acts 10:27 that
>left me scratching my head. I did some research on the problem but all I was
>able to discover was that Codex Bezae reads hEUREN instead of hEURISKEI.
>Could someone explain to me why hEURISKEI is a present in this context?

Clay, I haven't investigated this pattern, but I believe that Rod Decker
has, if he's still tuning in on these discussions. My impression is that in
continuous narrative an aorist may be used to indicate a transitional
movement and the new episode may then begin with a historical present. I'd
like to check this out further, but I think it's not an uncommon pattern.

Carl W. Conrad
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