Definite article

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Ray Foucher
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Definite article

Post by Ray Foucher » December 21st, 2014, 11:50 am

For a study I am doing, I am trying to distinguish between the definite and indefinite articles (new member, first post).
For example, in Luke 2:7, the KJV reads "laid him in a manger." Is "a" the correct translation or, from the original Greek, should it be "the" (the definite article)?

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Jonathan Robie
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Re: Definite article

Post by Jonathan Robie » December 21st, 2014, 1:37 pm

Hi Ray,

Welcome to B-Greek!

There is no such thing as an indefinite article in Greek. You'll have to work through a Greek grammar like this one to get at your answer, but feel free to ask questions about what you read here. Your real question is this: how do articles and nouns work in the Greek language. And that's something you need to work through systematically, a simple on-off answer won't actually answer your question.

Also: we don't discuss translations on B-Greek, and we don't work with interlinears. If you have questions about a specific text, please cite it in Greek.
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ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες καὶ διηποροῦντο, ἄλλος πρὸς ἄλλον λέγοντες, τί θέλει τοῦτο εἶναι;

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