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Linguistics and New Testament Greek: Key Issues in the Current Debate

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Overview

This work offers students the most current discussion of the major issues in Greek and linguistics by leading authorities in the field. Featuring an all-star lineup of New Testament Greek scholars—including Stanley Porter, Constantine Campbell, Stephen Levinsohn, Jonathan Pennington, Steven Runge, and Robert Plummer—it examines the latest advancements in New Testament Greek linguistics, making it an ideal intermediate supplemental Greek textbook. Chapters cover key topics such as verbal aspect, the perfect tense, deponency and the middle voice, discourse analysis, word order, and pronunciation.

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  • Discusses the major issues in Greek and linguistics
  • Examines the latest advancements in New Testament Greek linguistics
  • Explores topics including verbal aspect, the perfect tense, deponency and the middle voice, discourse analysis, word order, and pronunciation

Top Highlights

“While Aktionsart refers to a kind of action (how the action happens), ‘aspect’ refers to viewpoint (how the action is viewed). There is a relationship between those two things, but we will return to that later.” (Page 39)

“First, all scholars agree on the central significance of aspect for the Greek language.” (Page 42)

“debate concerns the place of temporality and tense in the Greek verbal system” (Page 43)

“Thus, in the end, one’s position on tense in the Greek indicative mood largely depends on the methodological presuppositions one holds. If a clear distinction between semantics and pragmatics is held, it is almost inevitable that temporal reference will not be accepted as semantic. If the distinction is less tightly held, there is room to accept temporal reference as semantic without exceptions to the rule carrying much weight. The debate about tense, therefore, is actually a debate about linguistic methodology.” (Page 48)

“In other words, even where a middle verb involves an object external to the subject/agent, the action is conceived as affecting the subject, not merely the external object—that is, the agent is also in some sense the patient.” (Page 94)

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