From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Mon Sep 21 1998 - 14:28:26 EDT
At 04:32 PM 9/21/98 +0100, you wrote:
>Fundamentally I agree with youi, Jim. It's onlyi the one phrase I pick out
>that I want to rephrase:
Well, I cannot tell you how pleasant it is that someone finally agrees with
me. And that it is you, Ed, makes the pleasure even more delightful.
>> However, and this we should never forget, the
>>NT is written in Koine- the language of the market and the gutter. If you
>>expect pure style in the NT you will be sorely disappointed.
>My only problem here is the phrase "language of the market and gutter."
>That is only partly true. It all reflects the Greek language in use in the
>first century of the Roman Empire; but it is not all street and market
>language. Some of ite can be rather sophisticated. For example, Hebrews
>uses the phrase NUN DE to indicate the real state of affairs after a
>statement of unreality.
Yes, tis true that Hebrews is given to a more literary style- and it is also
true that Luke and 1 Peter are very good Greek. So I accept your clarification.
>I agree totally with Jim that you need to apply the usage of the period to
>interpret the NT writers--but all the language.
"agree totally"... I am keeping this note- and I might even frame it!!!! :)
To you as well, most honored Sir.
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