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by Barry Hofstetter
June 8th, 2011, 12:53 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)
Replies: 19
Views: 4113

Re: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)

In mathematics a valid statement, for example "for all real x, x^2 >= 0", is either true or false (unless unprovable) . The negation of any statement always has opposite truth-value. In this example the statement is true and the negated (logically inverted) statement "not for all real x, x^2 >= 0" ...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 7th, 2011, 8:32 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)
Replies: 19
Views: 4113

Re: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)

However, on this whole idea of double negatives contained within the same clause, everyone is agreed that it serves as emphasis or confirmation of the negative. For example, Smyth, #2762: The negative of one clause is often repeated in the same or in another clause either for emphasis or because of...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 7th, 2011, 11:57 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Please critique my theory of
Replies: 17
Views: 4020

Re: Please critique my theory of

Regarding 2 Cor 11:7 Ἢ ἁμαρτίαν ἐποίησα ἐμαυτὸν ταπεινῶν ἵνα ὑμεῖς ὑψωθῆτε, ὅτι δωρεὰν τὸ τοῦ θεοῦ εὐαγγέλιον εὐηγγελισάμην ὑμῖν; This isn't the same as the above question. Here ἁμαρτίαν is the object of ἐποίησα (first-person) and ἐμαυτὸν is the object of ταπεινῶν. There are two different verbs wit...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 7th, 2011, 7:24 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)
Replies: 19
Views: 4113

Re: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)

I'll let Jason respond to the rest of your post, and I may have a comment or two later on, but let me ask here what difference you see in English meaning between your sentences? Notice there is no double negative here -- ουδεμία here simply modifies σκοτία, "and there is no darkness in him." Hello ...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 7th, 2011, 12:09 am
Forum: Vocabulary
Topic: Basic Vocabulary
Replies: 3
Views: 1453

Re: Basic Vocabulary

There are plenty of published and online resources for NT vocabulary, if such lists are going to help you learn to read the Greek better. http://www.biblicalgreek.org/grammar/vocabulary.php http://ntresources.com/documents/elgkvoc.pdf Of course, Trenchard and Metzger for traditionally published mate...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 9:21 pm
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Preparing for Patristic Greek
Replies: 15
Views: 6313

Re: Preparing for Patristic Greek

Thanks, all. James, I haven't decided where to start. I've dabbled with it before. I've read the Didache and some in the Apostolic Fathers. This Fall I'm starting as a research assistant in Villanova University's Augustinian Institute, so I'll be spending plenty of time in Latin. To complement my s...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 7:37 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Please critique my theory of
Replies: 17
Views: 4020

Re: Please critique my theory of

This, I believe, is fairly representative of how 2 Cor 5:21 is generally rendered: 2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. For more samples, see: http://bible.cc/2_corinthians/5-21.htm My theory is that, rather than tak...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 12:22 pm
Forum: Seen on the Web
Topic: Reading Greek beyond the basics: Saturation style
Replies: 12
Views: 2986

Re: Reading Greek beyond the basics: Saturation style

Here is my system. It is very similar to what has already been posted, but I actually put it together for studying the Apostolic Fathers collection. Using it for the NT would only require ignoring a few of the smaller steps. I think that there is lots of excellent advice and examples in this discus...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 11:58 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)
Replies: 19
Views: 4113

Re: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)

Also, in 1 John 1:5, why are "σκοτια" and "ουδεμια" separated so much if "ουκ" in front of the verb is simply "grammatically required" (although I agree that it is "grammatically required" but perhaps the alternatives have slightly different meaning)? [1 John 1:5] και εστιν αυτη η αγγελια ην ακηκοα...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 7:16 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: John 14:30
Replies: 24
Views: 4974

Re: John 14:30

I agree with the rule of thumb, but don't find εὑρήσει for ἔχει to be a trivial or inconseqential variance. Another variant appears in the previous phrase that seems to disagree with NA: Clarke: "The prince of this world - Τουτου, of this, is omitted by ABDEGHKLMS, Mt. BH, one hundred others; both ...

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