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by Barry Hofstetter
August 29th, 2012, 9:21 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: ANGELO of Rev 2:1
Replies: 29
Views: 7372

Re: ANGELO of Rev 2:1

Thanks for the tutorial guidance. :) I've just began to study a couple of basic greek grammers and the subject of basic sentence structure. I've also read the "things greek teachers will not tell you", posted at this site. One statement was that you need more than the greek, the greek can only limi...
by Barry Hofstetter
August 27th, 2012, 1:58 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: ANGELO of Rev 2:1
Replies: 29
Views: 7372

Re: ANGELO of Rev 2:1

Τῷ ἀγγέλῳ τῆς ἐν Ἐφέσῳ ἐκκλησίας γράψον

If John is the angel, why is he being instructed to write to that angel? I think most likely, ἀγγελος refers to the pastor of each church, but I see nothing in the Greek which would specify it more than it is.
by Barry Hofstetter
August 16th, 2012, 7:12 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Ephesians 2.8
Replies: 8
Views: 2829

Re: Ephesians 2.8

For τοῦτο itself understood as referring to an entire clause, I think 1 Pet 2:19-20 provides two nice examples: 19 τοῦτο γὰρ χάρις εἰ διὰ συνείδησιν θεοῦ ὑποφέρει τις λύπας πάσχων ἀδίκως· 20 ποῖον γὰρ κλέος εἰ ἁμαρτάνοντες καὶ κολαφιζόμενοι ὑπομενεῖτε; ἀλλʼ εἰ ἀγαθοποιοῦντες καὶ πάσχοντες ὑπομενεῖτε...
by Barry Hofstetter
August 15th, 2012, 1:13 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Ephesians 2.8
Replies: 8
Views: 2829

Re: Ephesians 2.8

Just to muddy it further for you, Tom, I believe it refers to the entire previous clause, "saved by grace through faith." It's not unusual to use the neuter to refer to a previous clause.
by Barry Hofstetter
August 12th, 2012, 7:03 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Noun Case Endings & Verb Endings
Replies: 25
Views: 6246

Re: Noun Case Endings & Verb Endings

I have found that students who use what you are calling the "whole ending" method tend to do better. I simply require the students, when writing out paradigms, to write out an entire inflected word. With older students, I will occasionally explain why the ending looks like it does, but as a suppleme...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 24th, 2012, 6:16 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Ephesians 1:22…the feet as head over all things
Replies: 8
Views: 1154

Re: Ephesians 1:22…the feet as head over all things

First, please remember that forum rules require the use of a real name. A moderator will help you set up your account to display this if you request it. Secondly, just to review, a pronoun gets its number and gender from its antecedent. It gets its case from how its used grammatically in the sentenc...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 4th, 2012, 7:30 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8
Replies: 73
Views: 9740

Re: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8

In all fairness, though, it is possible to say "here is what people who have studied this text in the original say." For that, however, I would assiduously avoid interlinears and Strong's. Exegetical commentaries are the best in this context, for the reader who doesn't have time to learn Greek, but ...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 3rd, 2012, 6:48 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8
Replies: 73
Views: 9740

Re: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8

Hello Timothy, Two things: 1) Anyone else agree (or disagree) with that? 2) What other dictionary do you suggest to use for biblical Greek (and better if it has also Hebrew)? I agree with it, though "burn" is a bit strong. I would merely rip it to bits to save energy... :lol: The problem with Stron...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 29th, 2012, 6:56 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Constructio ad Sensum in the prologue of John
Replies: 41
Views: 12624

Re: Constructio ad Sensum in the prologue of John

I think we need to be cautious here -- authors don't always do what we might expect from our sense of the rules of grammar in a language, especially if it's a living language to them. John, on the other hand, is very careful author. I think its quite likely that by vs. 10 he is thinking of the "ligh...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 27th, 2012, 9:27 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 7:52 ἐγείρεται
Replies: 3
Views: 876

Re: John 7:52 ἐγείρεται

Actually, I don't think the NRSV is intended to be particularly futuristic. I think it's trying to capture the force of ἐγείρεται, to the effect that Galilee is just not a place from which prophets come.

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