An interesting assembly of terms. Thank you for the feedback. Let me address your last sentence first, and then take it from the top.Stephen Hughes wrote:Thomas, what do you make of these words and phrases;
πρῶτος, ἱστιοδρομεῖν, διερμηνευόμενον, ὡς τάχιστα, Νέα Σκωτία (fully declinable in the singular), χώρα, Καναδά, χρόνους ἱκανούς / πολὺν χρόνον / χρόνον οὐκ ὀλίγον, ἁλιάετος and προκαλεῖσθαι?
Is the distinction; swift to action ὀξύς, swift in action ταχύς a valid one?
While ταχύς might be the more typical choice, Amos 2:15 suggests to me that ‘swift’ as in a racing boat is within the lexical range of ὀξύς.Is the distinction; swift to action ὀξύς, swift in action ταχύς a valid one?
Amos 2:15 … καὶ ὁ ὀξὺς τοῖς ποσὶν αὐτοῦ οὐ μὴ διασωθῇ … - "... and he that is swift of foot shall not escape ..."
- πρῶτος = "first" – with a very broad latitude of application (numero uno, most important, richest, best, eldest, κτλ). I'm not quite sure what you're suggesting here.
- ἱστιοδρομεῖν – don’t know this word and can’t find it anywhere. I would guess that it means ‘to run sail(s)’ = 'to race with sailing boats'. Please tell me if that is true, and if you can cite an instance of the word, because I would really like to adopt this word!
Note: εὐθυδρομέω = run a straight course
- διερμηνευόμενος // διερμηνευομένη // διερμηνευόμενον = "translated", "interpreted', "explained". I don’t know what you have in mind with this one.The word in my passage is modifying “Βλοῦνως” which is deemed to be masculine (not the neuter ὀνόματι). I think my masc. nom. sg. διερμηνευόμενος is correct isn't it?
- ὡς τάχιστα – ‘as quickly as possible’ – What’s your point here? I don’t know of any wider application of this construction.
- Νέα Σκωτία – modern Greek for Nova Scotia – guilty as charged (with the mitigating circumstance that it was not an entity in Koine days).
- χώρα – country, land, region etc. // instead of γῆς? γῆς is used often in the Greek Bible to refer to ‘country’ (see BDAG - γῆς #3).
- Καναδά - modern Greek for Canada – I had this right except for the stressed sylable which is definitely Greek and not Canadian!
- χρόνους ἱκανούς / πολὺν χρόνον / χρόνον οὐκ ὀλίγον – good time duration alternatives – although I find some of the other idioms like εἰς ἔτη πολλά more interesting. I think of a term like χρόνον οὐκ ὀλίγον as describing something like stopping over for a few weeks / months as in Acts 14. I know the range of these terms includes longer periods also, though.
- ἁλιάετος, ὁ - the sea-eagle, osprey // I’m not sure this would be a better choice than ἀετός as a metaphor for swiftness – even for a sailboat.
- προκαλεῖσθαι verb infinitive present middle from προκαλέω = provoke / challenge – The lexical info I’ve seen for this word sounds too hostile for a sailboat race. Can you point to such usage?