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Verbal Aspect, the Indicative Mood, and Narrative

Soundings in the Greek of the New Testament


Constantine R. Campbell

Verbal aspect in Ancient Greek has been a topic of significant debate in recent scholarship. In this book, Constantine R. Campbell investigates the function of verbal aspect within New Testament Greek narrative. He argues that the primary role of verbal aspect in narrative is to delineate and shape the various ‘discourse strands’ of which it is constructed, such as mainline, offline, and direct discourse. Campbell accounts for this function in terms of the semantic value of each tense-form. Consequently, in the search for more effective conclusions and explanations, he challenges and reassesses some of the conclusions reached in previous scholarship. One such reassessment involves a boldly innovative approach to the perfect tense-form.


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ABBREVIATIONS Bache, ‘Aspect’ Carl Bache, ‘Aspect and Aktionsart: Towards a Semantic Distinction’, Journal of Linguistics 18 (1982), 57–72 BBL Tense, Aspect and Action: Empirical and Theoretical Contributions to Language Typology (ed. Carl Bache, Hans Basbøll, and Carl-Erik Lindberg; Empirical Approaches to Language Typology 12; Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1994) BDF F. Blass, A. Debrunner, and Robert A. Funk, A Greek Grammar of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961) Burton, Syntax Ernest de Witt Burton, Syntax of the Mood and Tenses in New Testament Greek (3rd ed.; Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1900; repr., Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1976) Crystal, Linguistics David Crystal, A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (5th ed.; Oxford; Blackwell Publishing, 2003) Curtius, Greek Verb Georg Curtius, The Greek Verb: Its Structure and Development (trans. Augustus S. Wilkins and VERBAL ASPECT, THE INDICATIVE MOOD, AND NARRATIVE xviii Edwin B. England; London: John Murray, 1880) Decker, Temporal Deixis Rodney J. Decker, Temporal Deixis of the Greek Verb in the Gospel of Mark with Reference to Verbal Aspect (Studies in Biblical Greek 10; New York: Peter Lang, 2001) Evans, Verbal Syntax T. V. Evans, Verbal Syntax in the Greek Pentateuch: Natural Greek Usage and Hebrew Interference (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001) Fanning, ‘Approaches’ Buist M. Fanning, ‘Approaches to Verbal Aspect in New Testament Greek: Issues in Definition and Method’, in Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics: Open Questions in Current Research (ed. Stanley E. Porter and D. A. Carson; JSNTS 80;...

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