Re: From whence it IS?

From: Jim West (
Date: Tue Jun 02 1998 - 22:26:52 EDT

At 10:11 PM 6/2/98 -0400, you wrote:
>John 2:9 - KAI OUK HDEI POQEN ESTIN - I am thinking this means, "and not
>knowing from whence it was," but ESTIN is present tense. Would that be ,"and
>not knowing from whence it is?" That sounds awkward to me. Why present tense
>instead of past?
>William Boyd

I would call this the narrative present. I.e., in order to make a story
more enthralling, the present tense is used so that "you are there". See?


Jim West, ThD
Quartz Hill School of Theology

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