DENNY A DIEHL (dennydiehl@juno.com)
Mon, 14 Oct 1996 11:41:48 EDT

Greetings! Denny Diehl here with a question concerning

In Blass and Debrunner (in paragraph 448 (1) on ALLA)

(1) OU...ALLA also means 'not so much...as' in
which the first element is not entirely negated, but only
toned down: Mk 9:37 "OUK EME DEXETAI, ALLA TOV
APOSTEILANTA ME," Mt 10:20, Jn 12:44...

The NASB translates 1 Pet 3:3-4 which has "OU...ALLA" as

"And let not your adornment be MERELY external--
braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on
dress; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the
imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit..."

But then 1 Cor 14:33 is:

"for God is not a God of confusion but of peace..."

where it seems not to be a comparative, but negation. Is there
a definitive way to tell when OU...ALLA is a comparative of
importance and when it is a complete negation?

I look forward to your answer.

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