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Shifting Tenses In The Apocalypse

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This chapter examines selected segments from Revelation, particularly those sections that have been noted for their apparently "inconsistent" or "irregular" use of tenses, in order to consider the phenomenon of shifting tense forms from the standpoint of verbal aspect. The phenomenon of shifting tenses can also be found in Greek outside of New Testament literature. The proceeding is just a sampling of texts which reveal a tendency to alternate tense forms. The chapter examines the tense forms in eight major sections in the Apocalypse. It focuses on the phenomenon of shifting tenses in the visions of the Apocalypse. The chapter considers only a handful of examples of sustained visionary accounts in order to examine the function of the various aspects that depict the processes which make up these visionary segments.

Keywords:Apocalypse; New Testament; Revelation; shifting tenses; verbal aspect



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