John 17:3 ινα + subjunctive = to an infinitive?

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Robert Crowe
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Re: John 17:3 ινα + subjunctive = to an infinitive?

Post by Robert Crowe » December 19th, 2016, 5:52 am

Robert Crowe wrote:I think the main force of the subjunctive here is to emphasise stative aspect.
Stative aspect? Perhaps more accurately implicature.

I quote the following from Constantine Campbell, [Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek (2008)]

p.69 'Some common implicatures of imperfective aspect within present subjunctives are activities that are conceptually unfolding, temporally ongoing, stative, or personally characteristic. . . . its imperfective aspect makes the present subjunctive especially suited to proverbial, general, and generic statements.'
Tús maith leath na hoibre.

Arsenios (George) Blaisdell
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Re: John 17:3 ινα + subjunctive = to an infinitive?

Post by Arsenios (George) Blaisdell » April 8th, 2017, 8:51 pm

17:2-3 is a continuous sentence structure, and the two "ina"s are linked in parallel, such that the second further explicates the first and refers the second to the first, I should think...

In order that He should give them Life Eternal,
[which is]
in order that they should KNOW the One True etc...

A tuppence, no doubt,
but
perhaps a widow's tuppence...

Arsenios

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