Aorist Tense Definitions

aorist tense


Aorist tense is used for simple action and looks at the action as a whole. This tense may also view the action from several other angles: the action in its entirety; from the viewpoint of its initiation, or from the viewpoint of its results.  The aorist is a snapshot in time from various angles.

Constative Views the whole and stress the fact of occurrence not its nature.  ‘They reigned with Christ for 1000 years,” Rev 20:4.

Ingressive Stresses the beginning of the action or entrance state. No implication that the action continues.  “two blind men began to follow Him,” John 4:52.

Culminative Stresses the cessation of an act or state. Bring an action to conclusion.  “The temple was built 46 years ago,” John 2:20.

Gnomic Presents a timeless general fact.  A generic event.  “the grass withers and the flower falls off,” 1 Pet 1:24.

Epistolary Describes a letter from the timeframe of the audience.  “I sent him to you once,” Acts 23:40.

Futuristic Describes an event that is not yet past, as though it were already completed.  “believe that you have already received it,” Mark 11:24.

Dramatic An event that happened rather recently.  “Just as I previously wrote in part,” Eph 3:3.