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#1 hno.emanuel.cardona

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 12:22 AM

Has anyone gained some significant exegetical insights with the use of the verbal aspect theory?  Feel free to share some examples.  God bless!



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Posted Today, 04:04 PM

In my studies, it seems that aspect theory doesn't so much alter interpretations as it does allow a more 'greek-language centric' approach as opposed to viewing greek through the lens of english grammar. Interpretations rarely stand or fall on the tense/aspect/aktionsart of a verb. And, when they do, they're are generally suspect. I'd suggest, however, checking out Stanley Porter's Studies in the Greek New Testament: Theory and Practice where he offers some exegetical insight. He offers some also in his Idoms of the Greek New Testament (which, btw, is worth every penny you may have to pay for it). 


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Posted Today, 07:25 PM

Porter is good, but I would actually recommend Campbell first

Basics of verbal aspect in biblical Greek, Campbell, Constantine R. , Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, 2008.

 

​Porter’s Idioms is invaluable, even if I don’t like aspect theory, but I am a big outlier on that issue.


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Posted Today, 09:27 PM

In my studies, it seems that aspect theory doesn't so much alter interpretations as it does allow a more 'greek-language centric' approach as opposed to viewing greek through the lens of english grammar. Interpretations rarely stand or fall on the tense/aspect/aktionsart of a verb. And, when they do, they're are generally suspect. I'd suggest, however, checking out Stanley Porter's Studies in the Greek New Testament: Theory and Practice where he offers some exegetical insight. He offers some also in his Idoms of the Greek New Testament (which, btw, is worth every penny you may have to pay for it). 

I have Stanley Porter's Verbal Aspect in the Greek New Testament with Reference to Tense and Mood, and Buist M. Fanning's Verbal Aspect in New Testament Greek is on the way, but I am not familiar with the Studies in the Greek New Testament: Theory and Practice by Stanley Porter.  How does it compare to his other book?  His' Idioms of the Greek New Testament is good for reference, which I use along with C. F. D. Moule's An Idiom Book of New Testament Greek.  What do you think about Kenneth McKay's A New Syntax of the Verb in New Testament Greek?  Thank you!



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Posted Today, 09:34 PM

Porter is good, but I would actually recommend Campbell first

Basics of verbal aspect in biblical Greek, Campbell, Constantine R. , Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, 2008.

 

​Porter’s Idioms is invaluable, even if I don’t like aspect theory, but I am a big outlier on that issue.

I agree with you on Porter's book.  I do not own Campbell's Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek, but I have heard good things about it.  As far as the aspect theory, I am yet to be entirely convinced.  Thank you!  






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