Ephesians 4:29

From: Stephen Clock (sclock@soonet.ca)
Date: Mon Mar 18 1996 - 19:53:12 EST

Greetings all.

Anybody wish to comment on this question?

In Ephesians 4:29, the second major clause begins with ALLA EI TIS AGAThOS etc.

a) EI here, introduces a third class conditional clause, does it not?

b)Does not EI indicate that this portion of the sentence (from EI through
CHREIAS) is a protasis?

c) If EI...CHREIAS is the protasis, where is the apodasis? Is the
translator justified in supplying it based on the logical inferences between
this protasis and the first clause to which it is contrasted?

d) Or are my questions in c) off-base because ALLA EI has some idiomatic
meaning that is missing in my lexical sources? (This, I suspect, is
actually the probable answer, but someone here may have more expertise in this.)


Steve Clock
Northland Bible College
Goulais River, Ontario
Northland Bible College
Goulais River, Ontario
P0S 1E0

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