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Verbal Aspect Theory

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This chapter summarizes the salient features of the verbal aspect theory and its significance for interpreting the New Testament in preparation for examining the function of verb tenses in the book of Revelation. The verbal aspect is a semantic category grammaticalized in the Greek tense endings which indicates the author's perspective on a process. It summarizes the essential semantics of the aspects of Greek verb forms individually and in relation to each other. There is general agreement that verbal aspect, rather than being used to communicate temporal information, plays a role in structuring discourse and indicating discourse prominence. The purposes of analyzing verbal aspect in the Apocalypse, Revelation will be treated as an autobiographical narrative of a visionary experience. There is increasing recognition that the tense forms in the Greek of the New Testament indicate verbal aspect.

Keywords:Greek tense; New Testament; Revelation; semantic category; verbal aspect theory

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