A.T.Robertson & Extra-NT Greek

From: Edward Hobbs (EHOBBS@wellesley.edu)
Date: Tue Oct 10 1995 - 12:09:12 EDT

May I thank Cal Redmond for your posting on A.T.Robertson and his
contribution to our understanding of the New Testament and its language?

The claim that Robertson, in contrast to "liberal" scholars, did not use
Greek outside the New Testament to interpret that Greek is so preposterous
as not to deserve answering. Redmond has shown his gratitude for Robertson's
work by answering nonetheless. May I add the obvious?

        Robertson's giant Grammar actually uses (and cites by exact reference)
many hundreds of non-N.T. materials, including the (maligned) Apocrypha,
the Testament of the 12 Patriarchs, Greek (secular) inscriptions, (non-
Christian) papyri and ostraca by the hundreds, classical and Hellenistic
Greek authors, the Apostolic Fathers, N.T.Apocrypha, etc., etc. Pages
1361 to 1376 in the Index tabulate these hundreds, maybe into the thousands,
of such passages actually cited by Robertson in his Grammar.

        Any "grammar" based solely on NT usage would be nothing but a
joke. Happily, I am unaware of any such Grammar.

Edward Hobbs
--On my 69th birthday

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