Re: Hebrews 2:13 ESOMAI PEPOIQWS

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Aug 20 1998 - 08:41:36 EDT

At 8:21 PM -0400 8/19/98, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>How should I understand this:
>The use of tenses is confusing me...

Well, one could argue that this is another of those periphrastic future
perfects, active in this instance--or one could argue that PEPOIQWS is here
functioning as a predicate adjective rather than as part of a periphrastic
future perfect.

In either case the meaning will be pretty much the same because the the
(First) perfect PEPOIQA is a stative (like OIDA and many another First
Perfect--i.e. perfects of the older sort without a Kappa stem) with an
intransitive sense best translated as a present tense: "I am fully
confident." Accordingly ESOMAI PEPOIQWS is more or less equivalent to an
intransitive PISTEUSW.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
One Brookings Drive/St. Louis, MO, USA 63130/(314) 935-4018
Home: 7222 Colgate Ave./St. Louis, MO 63130/(314) 726-5649 OR

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