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by Barry Hofstetter
November 22nd, 2011, 9:17 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 17:3 ο θεος verses τον μονον αληθινον θεον
Replies: 9
Views: 1989

Re: ο θεος verses τον μονον αληθινον θεον

I think both George and David have posted good replies here. I'm not sure Harris is right, btw, but that is based on contextual and theological considerations beyond the scope of b-Greek. In extra-biblical non-Christian Greek, of course, hO QEOS refers to whatever god in context, unspecified most of...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 17th, 2011, 5:40 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: B-Greek Forum: Also available as a mailing list
Replies: 3
Views: 9024

Re: B-Greek Forum: Also available as a mailing list

I'm happy with the forum and plan to haunt it regularly (I'd better, right?), but I subscribed to this simply because I don't want to miss anything. :D
by Barry Hofstetter
November 17th, 2011, 8:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Cal Redmond
Replies: 2
Views: 982

Re: Cal Redmond

Among the worst moments of my Greek life are the moments when whoever is preaching on a Sunday morning starts out, "the Greek really says ..." In my experience, whatever follows is wrong, silly, or both, about 80% of the time. I have learned different ways of trying to be kind when the speaker asks...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 14th, 2011, 8:41 am
Forum: Seen on the Web
Topic: Etymological New Testament
Replies: 16
Views: 5040

Re: Etymological New Testament

Not only do we have a work based on a major fallacy, but we have one which itself uses very doubtful etymologies, from what I've read on this thread so far. What bothers me is that there are less than well educated, even if well intentioned, individuals who will think that this is a valid resource. ...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 11th, 2011, 7:25 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: verbal aspect (split from Beginner's Forum)
Replies: 44
Views: 12732

Re: verbal aspect (split from Beginner's Forum)

Withe regard to Carl and Alex's most recent statement, I do hope that no one mistook my advice to our beginning student that there is no value in the study of these things at all. Quite the contrary, but I also think that the main focus for the beginner has to be acquiring facility in the language. ...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 9th, 2011, 8:33 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: verbal aspect
Replies: 17
Views: 13222

Re: verbal aspect

Wow, aspect again. I'll put it this way – I was a educated as a classicist before I started formal theological and biblical studies, going through the M.A. I started Greek in 1977, and during that period read a lot of authors, and had some excellent professors, including Steve Tracy of OSU (a leadin...
by Barry Hofstetter
November 9th, 2011, 8:12 pm
Forum: Word Meanings
Topic: Semantics of σημαίνω
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Re: Semantics of σημαίνω

Thanks, guys – your responses pointed me in just the right direction. I'm a lot happier with Beale's analysis now (and have told him so).
by Barry Hofstetter
November 7th, 2011, 2:36 am
Forum: Word Meanings
Topic: Semantics of σημαίνω
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Semantics of σημαίνω

I am having a discussion with Greg Beale on the meaning of σημαίνω in Rev 1:1 (He preached at our church this morning, mentioned it in his sermon, I emailed him, and now I'm doing a lot, well a moderate amount, of research). His claim is that based on the fact that word can mean "signify" in the sen...
by Barry Hofstetter
October 31st, 2011, 7:05 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Matthew 21:30 εἶπεν· ἐγώ, κύριε· καὶ οὐκ ἀπῆλθεν
Replies: 18
Views: 2382

Re: Matthew 21:30 εἶπεν· ἐγώ, κύριε· καὶ οὐκ ἀπῆλθεν

At the risk of sounding like a KJV defender, I don't think that "behold" was a mistranslation when the KJV went to press. I think the KJV translators, who had a good sense of the English of their times, thought it captured the range of usage we see for ἰδοὺ. The OED has simply: The imperative of the...
by Barry Hofstetter
October 29th, 2011, 8:48 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Charlie Krummreich
Replies: 1
Views: 687

Re: Charlie Krummreich

Greetings, Charlie, we have a fair amount of resource people on this list, including self-learners who can share with you what has worked for them. It might help if you tell us what books you have used and how you have approached the subject. There is a forum specifically devoted to learning and tea...

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