Carl's posts on this subject were also the next message waiting on
the server when I had sent my recent comment on this new thread.
If I might speak about proclitics at the mention of enclitics, there
is a passage that may illustrate how these words were sounded as if they
were one. Many commentators have suggested that the letter to the Ephesians
was originally a letter sent to several different churches in and around
Ephesus. They usually draw this conclusion from the absence of the words EN
EFESWi in several of the earliest and most reliable Manuscripts. (Cf.
Origen's suggestion that Paul was writing to the saints that *are*.)
If Ephesians was a letter meant to be taken around and read to each
of several different congregations with the reader supplying the name of the
city, the logical way for a Greek speaker to do that would not be to just
leave out the city name. Rather, he would leave out the entire word as he
would pronounce it: ENEFESWi, uniting the proclitic EN with the following
word. Since just such a supplied phrase seems to be required, it appears to
lend credence to the theory of Ephesians' being a letter written with
multiple recipients in mind.
Regards to all,
David L. Moore Director
Miami, Florida, USA Department of Education
email@example.com Southeastern Spanish District
http://members.aol.com/dvdmoore of the Assemblies of God