From: Steven Craig Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Nov 25 2000 - 08:26:52 EST
To: Alan B. Thomas,
Re: Lk 2:42 KAI hOTE EGENETO [aorist tense] ETWN DWDEKA ANABAINONTWN
[present tense] AUTWN KATA TO EQOS THS hEORTHS
<< ANABAINONTWN in the present tense strikes me as unusual. Both from an
aspectual and temporal view. Any explanations as to this present usage here? >>
The "temporal view" of a present participle is dependent upon its principle
verb. Here the action of going up took place in the past, "when he was 12
years old." Also, this present participle is part of a genitive absolute
construction. The subject of the (genitive absolute) participle is the
genitive AUTWN. Here the idea is the time during which the action happened.
The aspect of the present tense is often conceived as being in progress.
Here: "WHILE they WERE go-ING up."
I hope this helps.
-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)
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