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by Brian Gould
January 22nd, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?
Replies: 9
Views: 1006

Re: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?

The Romans called the area Syria Palaestina, a formal designation after the Bar Kochba rebellion, and simply part of the province of Syria prior to that. Josephus is generally said to be earliest author to use the name, as here (Ant. 1:136): https://archive.org/details/L242JosephusVJewishAntiquitie...
by Brian Gould
January 19th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Colors in Ancient Greek
Replies: 35
Views: 3884

Re: Colors in Ancient Greek

“Blue” in the OT is usually תְּכֵלֶת (tekelet) in Hebrew, which in the LXX is generally translated as either ὑάκινθος or ὑακίνθινος. In some passages, however, these Hebrew and Greek terms can appear in English as either “violet” or “purple”. In addition, ὑακίνθινος is also sometimes used in the LXX...
by Brian Gould
January 14th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Colors in Ancient Greek
Replies: 35
Views: 3884

Re: Colors in Ancient Greek

That's what I find perplexing about the different colors used to describe Jesus' robe in the gospels. It seems like those are two distinct/different colors, and not simply two different descriptions of the same color. The explanation, I think, is that the soldiers are engaging in mockery. Just as t...
by Brian Gould
January 3rd, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?
Replies: 9
Views: 1006

Re: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?

That depends. If the larger language community is using manuscripts with spelling such as these that overtly distinguish between the two pronunciations, then those communities would have also continued pronouncing Hebrew names as [ai] rather than [ε]. Conversely if the community is not using such m...
by Brian Gould
January 2nd, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?
Replies: 9
Views: 1006

Re: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?

Your sources seem to be conceding that only a small minority of scribes, largely restricted to those who knew Hebrew or Aramaic, or both, in addition to Greek, ever used the alternative spellings corresponding to αϊ. If that is the case, surely the corollary is that |ε| had by then become the standa...
by Brian Gould
December 29th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Luke 2:7 - No room at the inn?
Replies: 7
Views: 870

Re: Luke 2:7 - No room at the inn?

Moeris simply gives the Attic equivalent for κατάλυμα: καταγώγιον, which also has similar vagueness issues. I haven't looked at Campbell or Major, but discussions on this are very old. I gave one from the 16th century, when the basic contours of the case were already known to a Spanish philologist....
by Brian Gould
December 17th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: θύρα in Acts 3:2
Replies: 10
Views: 1070

Re: θύρα in Acts 3:2

In the Hellenistic world they must have had an architectural feature of the *porte-cochère* kind, along the lines of the one pictured here (link below). The question has to do with the naming of parts. I have little doubt that the two wings of the large double gate (or door) are a pair of πύλαι, but...
by Brian Gould
December 14th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: θύρα in Acts 3:2
Replies: 10
Views: 1070

Re: θύρα in Acts 3:2

Applying that to a word such as θύρα works pretty well. The central meaning seems to be an opening through which things or people can pass, which can be closed, and which was man-made. But that could equally well serve as the central meaning of πύλη, couldn’t it? Just as in English it could serve e...
by Brian Gould
December 7th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Colors in Ancient Greek
Replies: 35
Views: 3884

Re: Colors in Ancient Greek

Thank you, Stephen, for your color chart, which I am now referring to in yet another attempt to decode the symbolism of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Having met, in John’s order, first the ἵππος λευκός, followed by the ἵππος πυρρός, then the μέλας, and finally the χλωρός, we are told (in v. 8...
by Brian Gould
November 24th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 8:33 Antecedant of "they"
Replies: 15
Views: 3893

Re: John 8:33 Antecedant of "they"

Thank you, Barry. I hadn't noticed that it was what you call a necro-post. I like that expressive coinage, by the way. I hope you won't mind if I use it on other websites!

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