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by Barry Hofstetter
November 26th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Romans 1:20
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Romans 1:20

It's the other way round. Notice the article -- the substantive is τὰ ἀόρατα, which is modified by the predicate participle νοούμενα. τοῖς ποιήμασιν is most likely an instrumental dative taken with νοοῦμενα.

I wouldn't use Kant as a commentary on Rom 1.
by Barry Hofstetter
November 24th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Alphabet and Pronunciation
Topic: pronunciation difference between η and ει
Replies: 11
Views: 287

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"? "I pray that God gives us [ἡμῖν] reprieve from our [ἡμῶν] troubles." > Which someone takes a nice blessing from you, as h...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 24th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Ephesians 6:17 τὴν μάχαιραν ..., ὅ ἐστιν ῥῆμα Θεοῦ
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: Ephesians 6:17

Good question. Two possibilities: 1) ὅ becomes neuter by way of attraction to the predicate, ῥῆμα, something which is relatively common in ancient Greek. 2) ὅ refers to the entire preceding clause, which means that the author is thinking of τὴν μάχαιραν τοῦ πνεύματος as a kind of unit. Since attract...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 23rd, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Alphabet and Pronunciation
Topic: pronunciation difference between η and ει
Replies: 11
Views: 287

Re: pronunciation difference between η and ει

Confusion between ἠμεῖς and ὐμεῖς is pretty common in the manuscripts. Because the manuscripts were from a different period, no? Do we see such confusion in the earlier manuscripts? As I recall, we do see some, since the earliest manuscripts still date from the period where itacism is well on its w...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 23rd, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Alphabet and Pronunciation
Topic: pronunciation difference between η and ει
Replies: 11
Views: 287

Re: pronunciation difference between η and ει

The modern Greek,pronunciation is called iotacism. Ai, Ei, oi, I, ETA, are all pronounced the same. It makes learning correct spelling difficult for beginners in the Greek language. That is why in teaching beginning Greek I did not use this modern Greek pronunciation, though I taught students about...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 14th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Composition based on ancient texts
Topic: Coining a phrase
Replies: 15
Views: 374

Re: Coining a phrase

On λέγεις vs λέγεται we are not just switching voice active to middle/pass but also person. We are going from "how do you say" to "how is it said". (I am going to assume that we can dispense with the non-sensical reflexive "How does it say itself" :) ) I don't know enough of Koine speech practices ...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 13th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Composition based on ancient texts
Topic: Coining a phrase
Replies: 15
Views: 374

Re: Coining a phrase

You should not be using the verb λέγω, which should be translated pronounce. Instead the proper verb would be ονομάζω, to give a name to something. I'm not sure where you are coming from on this, Ed. λέγω is about the most generic way to say "say" as you can get. ① to express oneself orally or in w...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 8th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Heb 11:1 Ἔστιν δὲ πίστις ...
Replies: 10
Views: 293

Re: Heb 11:1 Ἔστιν δὲ πίστις ...

Is it possible that the anarthrous noun in these sorts of definitions emphasizes the qualitative nature of what is being defined in the sense of giving a general definition? So for example in Heb 11:1, it's not "the faith" as in a particular faith however understood from context (anaphoric, or a gen...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 7th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: μὴ κατακαυχᾶσθε καὶ ψεύδεσθε
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: μὴ κατακαυχᾶσθε καὶ ψεύδεσθε

Never noticed this before, but your question calls attention to it. The short answer is yes, of course, and I think I've always read it that way. However, the complication comes in with ψεύδεσθε, which can be either indicative or imperative. Therefore some take it as an indicative, and see it as a s...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 4th, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Use of the article with abstract nouns
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Use of the article with abstract nouns

Is it possible that it could be understood something like "that love which is.." (ὅ ἐστιν)? A defining relative clause would expect the article, but the neuter is a challenge for that interpretation. Rather, ὅ ἐστιν is just an equivalent of τουτέστιν and refers to the general concept of love being ...

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