The Greek word parousia (parousia) has important implications for the debate on preterism. In the "Some Standing Here" thread I made two points on the word from Greek linguistics. Those points have not yet been discussed there, and I thought they would make for a good thread. The meaning of the word has never been really been discussed on the BB, although asterisktom posted about it here: http://www.baptistboard.com/showthread.php?p=1641526&highlight=parousia#post1641526 If the word can mean a spiritual appearance or an unobservable appearance, then the preterists have a point. However, no preterist here on the BB has proven either one of those meanings. I'll post about (1) the contemporary usage of the word in the 1st century and the LXX, and then (2) a discourse analysis of the word in Matt. 24. I hope we can keep this discussion on a civil, scholarly level.