Reference to Greek verbs

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Reference to Greek verbs

Post by patrologia » December 9th, 2015, 5:39 pm

This is my first question here, so I hope that I've found the right sub-section.
When writing about a verb, is it still standard to refer to it using the infinitive form, or is that "old"? I can't find any guidance in Chicago, or SBL, or anywhere else: is this kind of rule laid out anywhere?

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Re: Reference to Greek verbs

Post by Jonathan Robie » December 13th, 2015, 8:20 am

Welcome to B-Greek!

I don't have the SBL Manual of Style, and I don't know what guidelines publishers use. Here on B-Greek, there's a mix of people who prefer the form found in BDAG and those who prefer the infinitive.

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Re: Reference to Greek verbs

Post by Stephen Carlson » December 13th, 2015, 5:14 pm

I don't think the SBL manual style prescribes a form. The traditional form since the Renaissance is to use the first person singular, and that remains popular in English-language scholarship, but I prefer and use the infinitive, along with many Germans (in my experience). I don't think anyone would seriously object if you use the infinitive.
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