Re: Mark 7:8 & Ellipsis

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Mar 18 1999 - 09:19:40 EST

At 8:13 AM -0600 3/18/99, Jay Adkins wrote:
>Carl W. Conrad said:
><<As I've said above, I don't think this is ellipsis--and I don't think
>a figure of speech either. There is no hINA or hOPWS in the Greek
>introducing the second verb and that second verb is an indicative,
>KRATEITE, not a subjunctive, KRATHTE, such as would be required in a
>purpose clause. I think the translator's inference of a deliberate intent
>to maintain human tradition as underlying the abandonment of the divine
>commandment is a logical inference rather than a grammatical insight.
>I hope that helps rather than confuses matters for you. There may well be
>alternative views here, but I'm not aware of any alternative manuscript
>reading that would justify reading a purpose clause here.>>
>Not only am I a 'little greek', sometimes I am a 'little slow', so please
>allow me to repeat this in my own words to be sure I am not confused. You
>are saying that there is no grammatical reason to justify a purpose clause
>here, but it may by inference be understood to be one based on overall
>context. Is that correct?

That is exactly what I meant, indeed. Hard-headed pedagogue that I am and
inclined to repeat myself excessively, I tend to forget that "less is more."

Carl W. Conrad
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