Where the Rubber Meets the Road: An Analysis of the Use of Verbal Aspect Theory in Ciampa and Rosner’s Commentary on First Corinthians
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This article seeks to discern the actual benefits and liabilities of Verbal Aspect Theory (VAT) for NT exegesis by examining its application in Ciampa and Rosner’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians. They apply VAT to four primary areas: the explanation of Aktionsart, time and verb tense, present and aorist imperatives, and the perfect tense. The article concludes that a helpful nuance is gained by the use of VAT, though some need for consistency and clarity remains. On the other hand, VAT may at times result in a flattened interpretation of Greek verbs because in some areas VAT provides limited interpretive options that do not always best explain the data.