2 John 7-Importance of Present Participle

From: Edgar Foster (questioning1@yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Feb 01 1999 - 11:11:15 EST

Dear B-Greekers,

In his intriguing discussion of the present participle, Buist Fanning
writes that "some present participles denote occurrences antecedent or
subsequent to the main verb, while others describe occurrences so
general that one cannot limit them to any single time-frame" (408).

A few pages later, he adds: "there are also generic uses in which the
present [participle] is multiple in a distributive sense: an
individual is envisaged as engaging in the occurrence only once" (411).

Based on this information, my question is: Is it possible that the
present participle ERCOMENON in 2 John 7 can be categorized as
described above? Is it pointing to a time antecendent to the main
verb? Is it describing a one time occurrence?



Edgar Foster
Classics Major
Lenoir-Rhyne College

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