The Greek Verb Revisited: A Fresh Approach for Biblical Exegesis

41Pmi0LLUOL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This volume is the compilation of many of the papers presented at the special Linguistics and the Greek Verb Conference, which was held on 10-11 July in Cambridge, as a non-reoccurring addition to the 2015 Tyndale Fellowship Conference.  Scholars from a variety of fields, Linguistics, Classics, and New Testament presented a number of topics on the Greek verb system, with most of the presentations focusing on the Perfect tense-form.  It seems that the “Perfect Storm” papers presented at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeeting in Boston in 2013 provides some of the motivation for this conference.

The nineteen chapters provide a greater complexity for the analysis of the Greek verb than do many other works.  However not all the chapters have equal value.  On one hand, two of the earlier chapters by Thompson and Ellis portray verbal aspect in a way where aspect is mixed with either temporal matters or Aktionsart, while these are typically kept separate in the literature.  On the other hand, the chapters on diachronic development of the Perfect by Allen and Moser are among the best discussions available for their topic.  The chapters on pragmatics of the Perfect by Levinsohn, Runge, and Buth are also of high quality, illustrating the backgrounding role for many Perfects.

This volume brings together several authors from different fields to focus intently on the Greek verb.  This volume highlights some of the recent linguistic research being conducted on the Greek language.  This volume also is a great resource for the intermediate or advanced learner of the Greek language.  This volume is likely to be read for years to come as scholars grapple with the various nuances of the Greek text, and engage in debates over meaning.

Author: James E. Sedlacek

I have an avid interest in teaching the languages used in the sacred literature texts, explaining the background for each piece of literature and structuring a method to interpret the literature. The goal is that an interpretation is based upon a thorough analysis of the language, text and background for the text.

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