Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek - series of posts 11/10 - 11/14
by Constantine Campbell
Next week Constantine Campbell (PhD, Macquarie University) will be posting a 5 part blog series on his new book Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek and plans to be available to answer comments from readers. Here's a preview from his first post:
From a negative point of view, a good understanding of verbal aspect will help us to assess and critique some of the scholarly conclusions reached about various Greek passages. New Testament commentaries frequently engage with the Greek text as a matter of course, and often build the case for their conclusions using arguments arising from their understanding of Greek verbs. But what if their conclusions hinge on a misinformed understanding of the Greek verbal system? What if our understanding of God’s word has been distorted, even just a little, by incorrect handling of Greek verbs?
From a positive point of view, a good understanding of verbal aspect will help us to see how narratives are shaped by verbs, and to see new possibilities for exegesis that were previously hidden from view. We will be able to describe verbal usage in a manner that is accurate, coherent, and neither too much nor too little. All these things represent a useful advance. -Much more to come on Monday!
So if you're a Greek professor, Greek student, or just a Greek nerd be sure to check back and weigh in on Verbal Aspect. Also, on Friday we'll be posting links to a number of advance reader reviews.
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