Different tenses/aspects in John 6:35

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PhillipLebsack
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Different tenses/aspects in John 6:35

Post by PhillipLebsack » March 17th, 2018, 6:06 am

John 6:35 ⸀Εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος τῆς ζωῆς· ὁ ἐρχόμενος πρὸς ἐμὲ οὐ μὴ πεινάσῃ, καὶ ὁ πιστεύων εἰς ⸀ἐμὲ οὐ μὴ ⸀διψήσει πώποτε.

πεινάσῃ --> Verb: Aorist Active Subjunctive 3rd Person Singular

διψήσει --> Verb: Future Active Indicative 3rd Person Singular

Why are the tenses/aspects different here? The constructions for the participles and negatives particles are exactly the same...
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Robert Crowe
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Re: Different tenses/aspects in John 6:35

Post by Robert Crowe » March 17th, 2018, 7:01 am

Daniel Wallace explains the nuance:
...while οὐ μή + the indicative denies a certainty, οὐ μή + the subjunctive denies a potentiality./quote].

[GGBB p468]
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