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by nathaniel j. erickson
November 24th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Alphabet and Pronunciation
Topic: pronunciation difference between η and ει
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: pronunciation difference between η and ει

Well, that's all good information. Seem bad for communication, though. Can you imagine speaking a language in which you cannot distinguish orally/aurally between "you" and "we"? Yeah. It sort of reminds me of a language I know where you can't distinguish between 2nd person singulars and plurals. Pr...
by nathaniel j. erickson
November 9th, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Prenominal relative clauses in Koine?
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: Prenominal relative clauses in Koine?

Thanks. Should have read Smyth more carefully. This text threw me off because the NT examples of internally-headed relatives actually have the "antecedent" inside the relative clause, so to speak, usually occurring between the relative pronoun and the verb. I'm not sure if that is always the case in...
by nathaniel j. erickson
November 9th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Prenominal relative clauses in Koine?
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Prenominal relative clauses in Koine?

I’ve been doing a little reading on relative clauses to get me through a stuck spot on my dissertation. Anyway, came to an interesting example in Acts of John 76:3 (estimated date of composition in mid to late 2nd century AD) that appears to be a prenominal relative clause: ἀποσυλήσαντός μου ἤδη ἅπε...
by nathaniel j. erickson
October 30th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: In John 20:31 variants, is the difference between πιστεύσητε and πιστεύητε significant?
Replies: 12
Views: 370

Re: In John 20:31 variants, is the difference between πιστεύσητε and πιστεύητε significant?

This passage is one of those that scholars of Gospel of John will argue over in trying to discern the intended audience. So, some at least will argue that the difference is significant, with the imperfective signalling the author assumes the readers already believe, and thus they need to "(keep on) ...
by nathaniel j. erickson
October 24th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Antiquities 1:50
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Antiquities 1:50

Both LSJ and Brill record ἀφαιρέω τινά τι as a way to say "remove something from someone," or "deprive someone of something." Both specifically lists this as a mid. usage of the verb. LSJ says it is "freq in Att. and Trag." with the gen. being rare. I suppose the usage of the word as attested in the...
by nathaniel j. erickson
October 14th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Meta Language
Replies: 23
Views: 1145

Re: Meta Language

taught to middling students were like the scaffolding built around a building. At some point in the construction process, the scaffolding becomes a bother and must be removed. That's a great analogy. Thanks for (re)sharing this. One of the great difficulties of teaching Greek in the seminary contex...
by nathaniel j. erickson
September 5th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Cool Stuff
Topic: Map of Roman Empire in Greek
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Map of Roman Empire in Greek

Check out this map of the Roman Empire in AD 117 with Greek names ! I first saw it posted here . It appears to be the work of this wikipedia contributor . It appears to be a translation of this map . I only checked a few of the names to verify that they were actually Ancient Greek names, not just Mo...
by nathaniel j. erickson
September 5th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Beginners Forum
Topic: Please help me to identify the letters in greek
Replies: 12
Views: 920

Re: Please help me to identify the letters in greek

It’s Euripides: σοφοῦ τέκτονος καλόν ποίκιλμα
I had no idea it was Euripides, but I feel accomplished in that my thoughts on the various letters turned out to be accurate. Have to do more practice with Byzantine hands.
by nathaniel j. erickson
September 4th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Beginners Forum
Topic: Please help me to identify the letters in greek
Replies: 12
Views: 920

Re: Please help me to identify the letters in greek

Could you post a link to the entire image from which this is taken? I know by sight a some of the odder forms here (from the perspective of the way Modern Greek letters are printed), have guesses about what some of the others are, but it is difficult to be decisive without more words to figure out t...
by nathaniel j. erickson
August 26th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Pragmatics and Discourse
Topic: Sim on the genitive absolute
Replies: 9
Views: 596

Re: Sim on the genitive absolute

I think we need a course on how to read works by linguists. If you come to linguistics from a background of seminary courses on biblical languages, your approach, particularly your basic unexamined assumptions are going to set you up for misreading people like Levinsohn. I mention him because he ta...

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