Is there a good way to check for the "density" of a particular verb forms distribution? Case in point, I've just run across a claim in a commentary that there is an "unusually high concentration of verbs in the historical present tense" in a given dozen verses. It's easy enough to search for all present indicatives and graph them, but even changing the default "per 1000 words" to the minimum of 100 doesn't appear to justify the commentator's claim. Now he may just be wrong, but I'm wondering of there is a better search approach to discovering clusters of a particular form. (I also realize that not all pres indicatives are necessarily historical presents, and there's no tag for that classification, but this is in Mark and there many presents are, indeed, "historical presents." It woud be necessary to hand filter to verify this, but there can't be clusters of "historical presents" without there also being a cluster of forms tagged as present indicatives.)
If anyone is interested in the particulars, see Gundry, Mark,
p. 853, ad loc 14:32. He lists 11 verbs within 13 verses.
Edited by Rod Decker, 21 February 2012 - 03:26 PM.
Rodney J. Decker, ThD
Professor of NT & Greek
Baptist Bible Seminary