Re: Present tense copulative verbs

From: Presept (
Date: Fri Aug 21 1998 - 22:11:15 EDT

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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>I have two reasons why EIMI in Jn 8:58 is not a
Perfective Present (IMHO).&nbsp; One, Burton in his <U>Syntax of the Moods and
Tenses of&nbsp; New Testament Greek</U> states that Perfective Presents
are,&quot;...accompanied by an adverbial expression denoting duration and
referring to past time.&quot;(10, section 17)&nbsp; Examples of true Perfective
Presents and their adverbial expressions are: &quot;so many years&quot; (TOSAUTA
ETH, Luke 15:29); &quot;a long time&quot; (POLUN HDH CRONON, Jn 5:6); &quot;so
long a time&quot; (TOSIUTWi CRONWi, Jn 14:9); &quot;from the beginning&quot; (AP
ARCHS, Jn 15:27); and &quot;from ancient times&quot; (EK GENEWN ARCAIWN, Acts
15:21).&nbsp; As can be seen from these examples,&nbsp; you have an event in the
past which has present results.&nbsp; The movement of time is the past to the
present.&nbsp; In Jn 8:58, the movement of time is in the opposite direction. It
starts at Abraham's existence and points before it.&nbsp; It is pointing to the
past.&nbsp; Two, a couple of texts from the LXX which are true parallels to Jn
8:58 are Psalm 90:2 and Proverbs 18:13.</FONT></DIV>
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-James Stewart&nbsp;</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>


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