From: Paul O. Wendland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Feb 01 2002 - 11:19:36 EST
EPISTEUSAN =aorist tense. Default tense in narrative "There believed. . ."
HSAN TETAGMENOI = pluperfect tense (passive voice) ". .as many as *had been*
ordered/ordained/assigned for eternal life."
Word order makes no difference. Pluperfects (even periphrastic ones)
indicate action that precede the action described by the main verb. The
Verb-Subject word order (the hOSOI HSAN TETAGMENOI clause serves as the
grammatical subject of the verb EPISTEUSAN) is well within norms of Biblical
Greek cf Moulton III 344ff.
First the assignment, then the believing. Passive no doubt out of respect
to the Divine doer of the action of assigning.
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From: waldo slusher [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 8:40 PM
To: Biblical Greek
Subject: [b-greek] acts 13:48 last part
..KAI EPISTEUSAN hOSOI HSAN TETAGMENOI EIS ZWHN
There seems to me to be two verbals here in this last
section of the verse. Can someone tell me the correct
time sequence of these two acts or events.
In other words, is it this way:
Next: HSAN TETAGMENOI
Or, is it this way as to time:
First: HSAN TETAGMENOI
If they are a "tie," does word order help the exegete
clear this up somewhat?
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