Happy International Septuagint Day everyone!
Tense and aspect are central for narrative text. The perfective and imperfective aspect, particularly, are essential for how an author builds a narrative structure and signals to the reader the flow of the story.
I examined the question of Greek prohibitions and the question of the much argued about expressions: stop doing X (imperfective aspect) and do not start X (perfective aspect).
Languages often have multiple means of communicating the same thing. Lexical inventories overlap; grammatical forms might share related functions.
What reasons are there for a Greek speaker to use a reflexive pronoun with a verb rather than the middle voice?
I recently ran a syntax query for places where conjunctions begin the apodosis of a conditional construction. For LXX Day, here's the Deutero-canon data from that search. There are a couple false hits, but it's interesting data nonetheless. CSGLXX-DA The New Revised Standard Version Wisd of Sol 13:9 εἰ γὰρ τοσοῦτον ἴσχυσαν εἰδέναι ἵνα δύνωνται... Continue Reading →
We have uploaded our slides from the Tyndale House Greek Prepositions Workshop to Academia.edu. They're available below:
Porter, Stanley. 2015. Linguistic analysis of the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. This review is a long time coming. I owe it to my readers for their generosity in helping my wife and I get to Cambridge for the Greek Verb Conference (The Greek Verb Revisited) in 2015. A slight revised and edited... Continue Reading →
Paul's Triumph: Reassessing 2 Corinthians 2:14 in Its Literary and Historical Context by Christoph Heilig. Don't let the title fool you. While it appears to be a relatively standard New Testament studies monograph (and there's nothing wrong with that), this book is also of great interest to Greek linguists as well, focusing primarily on the... Continue Reading →