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by davidmccollough
June 10th, 2014, 10:51 am
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: repetition or omission of the preposition
Replies: 5
Views: 2168

repetition or omission of the preposition

Does the non-repetition of a preposition followed by two nouns joined by καί require that the two nouns form a hendiadys? I am looking at John 3:5 γεννηθῇ ἐξ ὕδατος καὶ πνεύματος. Nigel Turner, Syntax, states that in John's gospel, he has 15 opportunities to repeat the preposition, but does so only ...
by davidmccollough
July 18th, 2012, 2:55 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: temporal deixis in Acts 8:18
Replies: 9
Views: 3042

Re: temporal deixis in Acts 8:18

I think you've got it at this point, but just to be excessively clear, the main verb is προσήνεγκεν, ἰδὼν is subordinate to προσήνεγκεν, δίδοται is subordinate to ἰδὼν. Yes, that is very clear. There is a hierarchical structure. Thank you! Yes, this must be Simon's thought/perception. I have looked...
by davidmccollough
July 18th, 2012, 1:27 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: temporal deixis in Acts 8:18
Replies: 9
Views: 3042

Re: temporal deixis in Acts 8:18

Thank you! Yes, this must be Simon's thought/perception. I have looked at Stephen H. Levinsohn on this point: “When ὅτι occurs as a complementizer, this indicates that the propositional content of the complement is not the author’s description of a state of affairs, but rather the representation of ...
by davidmccollough
July 18th, 2012, 12:10 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: temporal deixis in Acts 8:18
Replies: 9
Views: 3042

Re: temporal deixis in Acts 8:18

First off, a main verb is always a finite verb in Greek, so it cannot be the participle ἰδὼν. The participle is interpreted relative to the main verb. Let's look at Funk's Grammar : The 'tenses' of participles do not, strictly speaking, represent time but denote only aspect (Aktionsart, §§309f.). T...
by davidmccollough
July 18th, 2012, 6:02 am
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: temporal deixis in Acts 8:18
Replies: 9
Views: 3042

temporal deixis in Acts 8:18

I am a research student at London School of Theology working on Christian initiation in Luke-Acts. I would like to ask about how best to understand δίδοται in Acts 8:18. Can it be translated as "is given"? Bernard Comrie (Tense, 115) gives the sentence, "John said he is ill", vs. "John said he was i...
by davidmccollough
June 30th, 2012, 1:10 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: historical present in Luke-Acts
Replies: 19
Views: 7061

Re: historical present in Luke-Acts

I think your examples and argument has persuaded me that the grammatical argument for a case of Genette type metalepsis is tenuous at best. And, though others have seen erlebte rede here it seems that it is just a case of the present in a subordinate clause taking the time orientation of the main ve...
by davidmccollough
June 29th, 2012, 1:35 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: historical present in Luke-Acts
Replies: 19
Views: 7061

Re: historical present in Luke-Acts

Mark Lightman wrote:
...I would ask how the Greek language would represent the English sentence, "Judah, having seen that the Roman military is the mightiest on earth, surrendered."
ἰδὼν μὲν οὖν τὴν Ῥώμην ῥώμην ἔχουσαν, ἑαυτὸν παρέδωκεν ὁ Ἰούδας.
Sounds good to me!
by davidmccollough
June 29th, 2012, 1:03 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: historical present in Luke-Acts
Replies: 19
Views: 7061

Re: historical present in Luke-Acts

I don't think it makes sense to render it that way in English because it does not make sense at all in English. If I had to put it into proper English I would have no choice but to render with the past tense, as Stephen pointed out in his first post: "Simon seeing that the spirit was given through ...
by davidmccollough
June 29th, 2012, 8:27 am
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: historical present in Luke-Acts
Replies: 19
Views: 7061

Re: historical present in Luke-Acts

[quote="David Lim"] I don't think it makes sense to render it that way in English because it does not make sense at all in English. If I had to put it into proper English I would have no choice but to render with the past tense, as Stephen pointed out in his first post: "Simon seeing that the spiri...
by davidmccollough
June 29th, 2012, 6:12 am
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: historical present in Luke-Acts
Replies: 19
Views: 7061

Re: historical present in Luke-Acts

I have to admit that I still feel that the use of metalepsis here to drive your interpretation of Acts 8:18 is a bit overcooked. May I suggest a different approach? It's the word ἰδών. Acts 8:18 doesn't say that Simon believed it, but that he saw it. Seeing something implicates its reality. So the ...

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