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by Barry Hofstetter
August 1st, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Why not start with modern Greek?
Replies: 93
Views: 45082

Re: Why not start with modern Greek?

All things being equal, yes. But all things are not equal and my argument is that it would behoove the learner to begin with the dialect that has a native community. Again, if you were Chinese wanting to read Shakespeare, would it be better for you to learn American English first—then the goofy rul...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 30th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi Friends
Replies: 9
Views: 2777

Re: Hi Friends

And done. By me. All the other admins, they all lazy, but I gotcha... :) Actually, I'm just the first one to see it. Welcome again!
by Barry Hofstetter
July 30th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Why not start with modern Greek?
Replies: 93
Views: 45082

Re: Why not start with modern Greek?

But I am an idealist. And perhaps that is not suited for the current restraints laid on language pedagogy by universities and seminaries. My main point here on the forum is that there is an actual living dialect of this language that beckons those who want to learn it. It will require some extra wo...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 30th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Koine Greek Texts
Topic: The Peculiar Compound Non-postpositive Hapax μενοῦν in Luke 11:28
Replies: 11
Views: 3549

Re: The Peculiar Compound Non-postpositive Hapax μενοῦν in Luke 11:28

Nor does anyone else in the history of interpretation seem to see this, at least in what I can access. Mmmmphh, I'm not ready to say that nobody has ever thought that before. BDAG has an article on μενοῦν that refers to BDF (section 450) and A.T. Robinson's grammar (1151ff). Useful reading. And nei...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 28th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi Friends
Replies: 9
Views: 2777

Re: Hi Friends

Welcome! If you ask questions or make comments people will interact.
by Barry Hofstetter
July 28th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Koine Greek Texts
Topic: The Peculiar Compound Non-postpositive Hapax μενοῦν in Luke 11:28
Replies: 11
Views: 3549

Re: The Peculiar Compound Non-postpositive Hapax μενοῦν in Luke 11:28

I believe that μενοῦν or μεν οὖν in the initial position in Luke 11:28 is impossible Greek. There are no examples with a postpositive in the initial position in the GNT. It is an absolute rule. I believe that text editors should reject impossible Greek just as they reject incorrect spelling. I thin...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 27th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Why not start with modern Greek?
Replies: 93
Views: 45082

Re: Why not start with modern Greek?

JustinSmith wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 11:47 am

Let the Greek speak for Greek, Latin will not find such a defender.
Multi contra sunt Latinae linguae vindices!
by Barry Hofstetter
July 27th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Koine Greek Texts
Topic: The Peculiar Compound Non-postpositive Hapax μενοῦν in Luke 11:28
Replies: 11
Views: 3549

Re: The Peculiar Compound Non-postpositive Hapax μενοῦν in Luke 11:28

Dennis, does this make any difference at all in our understanding of the text? Here is the LSJ on the subject: 2. μὲν οὖν is freq. used with a corresponding δέ, so that each Particle retains its force, Od.4.780, Pi.O.1.111, S.OT244, 843, Ph.359, D.2.5, etc.: but freq. also abs., so then, S.Ant.65; τ...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 27th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: Why not start with modern Greek?
Replies: 93
Views: 45082

Re: Why not start with modern Greek?

But if you're going to start with another language before ancient Greek, why not Latin? It is inflected like Greek but the vocabulary is more familiar. In a sense, it is the perfect stepping stool to Greek. Latin is a dead language. Greek is not. Koine Greek is a dead dialect. That is an important ...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 25th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Frequency Lists
Replies: 3
Views: 1709

Re: Frequency Lists

Devenios Doulenios wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 8:56 am
Barry, do you know if the generator can do phrasal searches, e.g., for idioms?
As far as I can see, it only does word frequency, in itself valuable if you are studying particular authors or works, or if as a teacher you want to generate such lists for your students.

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