From: Edgar Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 04 1998 - 11:05:36 EDT
I am in the slow (for me) process of testing your thesis vis-a'-vis
the aorist. I would like to present a Scripture for your
consideration: John 3:13.
EI MH hO EK TOU OURANOU KATABAS hO hUIOS TOU ANQRWPOU
Notice the employment of the aorist participle active (KATABAS) =
"having descended" or "has ascended."
Surely we have an historical use of the aorist in this passage. How
could we timelessly render the "descent" of the Son of man? The aorist
seems to strengthen the force of the historical Christ event.
Gerald Borchert adds:
"The aorist tense [in John 3:13] is intended to enumerate an event in
history quite unlike any concept of the Son of Man in Enoch (68:2-6)
or Daniel (7:14)" (Borchert 181 ).
The LOGOS becoming flesh is a one time event--a unique event with
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