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by Barry Hofstetter
May 13th, 2012, 1:13 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Speaking Greek means digging into inflections
Replies: 6
Views: 9630

Re: Speaking Greek means digging into inflections

I think this is a both/and. I strongly encourage memorizing the paradigms, and at the same time using them as much as possible. We have evidence from ancient times that school children memorized paradigms.
by Barry Hofstetter
May 10th, 2012, 5:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Gregory Soderberg
Replies: 6
Views: 2411

Re: Gregory Soderberg

Greg, I'd be interested to hear what you are using as well, and specifically how you are reworking your curriculum.
by Barry Hofstetter
May 6th, 2012, 7:47 am
Forum: Writing Greek
Topic: οτι
Replies: 18
Views: 13110

Re: οτι

Susan, a practical way to approach this: how do you know when you are reading Greek composed by an ancient author, that ὅτι means "that" or "because?" I hate to say it, but it's context, right? Sometimes the context is really simple, as when someone might write: πιστεύομεν ὅτι πίπτει vs. πάσχει ὅτι ...
by Barry Hofstetter
April 29th, 2012, 6:29 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Jude 5 Ἰησοῦς λαὸν ἐκ γῆς Αἰγύπτου σώσας
Replies: 9
Views: 1421

Re: Jude 5 Ἰησοῦς λαὸν ἐκ γῆς Αἰγύπτου σώσας

I saw this thread, and said to myself, "Self, I don't ever remember it like this." Checking my default NA text, I found the expected κύριος. But when I looked at my handy-dandy SBL text, I found Ἰησοῦς. Here is the apparatus note from the SBL text: Ἰησοῦς Holmes WHmarg ] κύριος WH Treg; ὁ κύριος NIV...
by Barry Hofstetter
April 27th, 2012, 5:20 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Can a pl verb (ἐθαύμαζον) take a sg subject (ὁ λαὸς)?
Replies: 11
Views: 2803

Re: Can a pl verb (ἐθαύμαζον) take a sg subject (ὁ λαὸς)?

[ I disagree. Since the focus is still the same group of people, there is no reason for the writer to use any additional phrase to specify that group again, however that does not mean that the verbs grammatically share the same subject. I don't have the means to analyse this issue but I believe thi...
by Barry Hofstetter
April 26th, 2012, 5:23 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Can a pl verb (ἐθαύμαζον) take a sg subject (ὁ λαὸς)?
Replies: 11
Views: 2803

Re: Can a pl verb (ἐθαύμαζον) take a sg subject (ὁ λαὸς)?

I would say that both interpretations are possible, but when I first read it I immediately understood it the way I described; the subject is grammatically implicit and does not have to be the subject of the first verb. Of course beyond the literal meaning of the sentence, the subject of the second ...
by Barry Hofstetter
April 25th, 2012, 5:28 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Can a pl verb (ἐθαύμαζον) take a sg subject (ὁ λαὸς)?
Replies: 11
Views: 2803

Re: Can a pl verb (ἐθαύμαζον) take a sg subject (ὁ λαὸς)?

Louis beat me to it, but yes, this is a common constructio ad sensum that we see throughout ancient Greek. [Luke 1] [21] "and the people was expecting Zechariah, and they were marveling when he delayed in the temple." Actually, the singular participle is not functioning as an adjective. "ην προσδοκω...
by Barry Hofstetter
April 21st, 2012, 7:30 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: 2 Timothy 3:16
Replies: 8
Views: 1398

Re: 2 Timothy 3:16

Thanks for the help. This information is not found in Mickelson's Strong dictionary, but I now found an LSJ module for "the Word", which includes the different forms of adjectives - exactly what I needed :D Just a pity it's not linked to the Strong numbers :cry: Brent, it doesn't need to be linked ...
by Barry Hofstetter
April 6th, 2012, 6:50 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: The Instantaneous Imperfect???
Replies: 25
Views: 8356

Re: The Instantaneous Imperfect???

I must admit, in the years that I've been reading the NT, it never occurred to me to create a new grammatical category to explain this usage. "He was saying..." I saw, and still see this, as a feature of Marcan style, and nothing all too remarkable about it. Part of it is the translationese we tend ...
by Barry Hofstetter
April 3rd, 2012, 12:10 am
Forum: Seen on the Web
Topic: Online Course by Steven Runge of Logos
Replies: 7
Views: 1949

Re: Online Course by Steven Runge of Logos

You bet, but I'm also sure the course will be excellent, in spite of that.

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