“Are dead” or “Died” in Romans 6:2 et al.? “Are buried” or “Were buried” in Romans 6:4? “Is crucified” or “Was crucified” in Romans 6:6?
The KJV translators understood these aorist indicatives as gnomic aorists, which state general truths without the implication of time. A gnomic aorist is translated into English like a simple present tense (Daniel Wallace, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, p. 562). The NASB does the same in Luke 7:35, John 13:31, 1 Corinthians 15:54, and 1 Peter 1:24 where timeless truths in the Greek aorist are conveyed in the English present tense.
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