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Verbal Aspect In Revelation

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This chapter explains verbal aspect has the explanatory power to account for verb tense usage, and that there is no need to conclude that Revelation's use of tenses is irregular or inconsistent, nor is there a need to appeal to Semitic influence, as is frequently done, to explain the author's use of tenses. It pays particular attention to indicative mood verbs, since most of the judgments regarding the use of verb tenses in Revelation center around indicative mood forms, which are thought to carry temporal significance. The chapter focuses attention on and examined the main tense forms (aorist, present, imperfect, perfect, future) utilized in Revelation in the indicative mood and have sampled some of their respective functions, temporally. The previous approaches to the question of verb tenses in the Apocalypse have been entrenched in temporal models, which required explanation of the many apparent "deviations" from this model.

Keywords:Apocalypse; mood verbs; Revelation; Semitic influence; verbal aspect



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