This detailed work in Greek linguistics argues that the semantic category of synthetic verbal aspect provides a suggestive and workable linguistic model for explaining the range of uses of the tense-forms in Greek. The author addresses in particular those studying the hellenistic Greek of the New Testament, although those interested in Greek language from other periods, and in systemic linguistics and more general questions related to the study of ancient languages will benefit as well. This book will serve both as a textbook for advanced language classes, and as a reference tool for Greek language research.
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The Author: Stanley E. Porter is President, Dean, and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Previously, he was Professor of Theology and Head of Department, and then Research Professor in New Testament, at the University of Surrey Roehampton, London, United Kingdom. Porter is the author of numerous books, including Studies in the Greek New Testament (Peter Lang, 1996), Idioms of the Greek New Testament, Katallasso in Ancient Greek Literature, The Paul of Acts, and The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research, among others. He is editor of over thirty-five volumes. Porter has published in numerous journals, and speaks at conferences worldwide.Review:
«Dr. Porter has anticipated possible objections to his arguments and for this reason has considered such issues as the possible influence of its Semitic background on the language of the New Testament. I have no hesitation in commending Dr. Porter's study.» (Anthony Thiselton, Principal, St. John's College, University of Durham, England)
«Dr Porter writes with an impressive mastery of the language and literature of linguistic studies... The great value of the book lies in its comprehensiveness and in the wealth of examples that he gives from the New Testament and from outside.» (G.M. Styler, Journal of Theological Studies)
«The usefulness of the volume is enhanced by indexes of New Testament and extra-biblical passages. The enterprise is pursued with great thoroughness and offers the exegete a valuable reference to the grammar of the New Testament issues and passages considered.» (E. Earle Ellis, Southwestern Journal of Theology)
«This is a major contribution to biblical Greek grammar that should lay to rest forever the concept that tenses in Greek refer to time. It should be consulted by every exegete before an inference is made on the basis of a Greek tense... The argumentation is tight and the technical terminology difficult as the author applies a theoretical linguistic model to the tenses and moods of biblical Greek. But the insights provided make the effort very worthwhile. ... This is the inaugural volume of an occasional series of monographs ... designed to promote and publish the latest research into the Greek of both Testaments... If subsequent volumes are so significant and groundbreaking, this will be a valuable series indeed.» (Francis T. Gignac, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly)
«...Porter has provided a full and rigorous framework on which subsequent scholars can build.» (Moisés Silva, The Westminster Theological Journal)
«Hay que felicitar al Prof. Porter por esta obra (...) dedicada a una materia amplia, compleja y difícil, por la acumulación de datos históricos e interpretativos (...) pocas veces reunidos de una manera tan completa y nítida, con competencia y método, como hallamos en esta monografía; estamos ante la redacción de unos resultados, de una larga y concienzuda investigación (...). Es desarrollo es ordenado y claro, partiendo de las dificultades inherentes a esta materia. Del perfecto dominio de la bibliografía dan testimonio las casi cincuenta páginas, las numerosas notas a lo amplio de la investigación, así como los excelentes índices de citas y materias tan prácticos en estos estudios. Por ello, el tema, su desarrollo, y el esfuerzo de Porter (...) ya merecen nuestra atención y nuestro agradecimiento, que prestará una buena ayuda a los interesados en temas gramaticales del NT. Buen comienzo de la colección 'Estudios en el griego bíblico'...» (J. Gutiérrez, La ciudad de Dios)
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