Why an instantaneous imperfect in Mark 8:24?

From: yochanan bitan (ButhFam@compuserve.com)
Date: Sun Jun 27 1999 - 16:56:19 EDT

re: imperfect verbs of saying that appear

the imperfect of verbs of saying is frequently used as a lead-in to a more
definitive statement or action that will follow. the imperfect is being
thematically demoted to a following aorist/perfective. this is a stylistic
function of the the tense system that is missed by non-textlinguistic
approaches. mk 8.25 is the more thematically dominant action.
randall buth

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