Date: Wed May 12 1999 - 14:54:50 EDT
Denny Diehl here with a question on Mt 19:9
Please note the following:
"hOS AN APOLUSHi THN GUNAIKA AUTOU MH EPI PORNEIA
KAI GAMHSHi ALLHN MOICATAI"
Wenham in his "Jesus and Divorce" states:
"Prepositional phrases are adverbial and normally
qualify the verb which they follow."
Thus, his conclusion is that MH EPI PORNEIA modifies "divorce"
but not "marries another". His conclusion, then, is that Jesus'
statement is not allowing for remarriage (to someone else) even
if the cause for the divorce is adultery.
Also, Donald Hagner in his Word Biblical Commentary on Matthew,
"Thus divorce is not allowed, except in special cases,
and remarriage after divorce is similarly ruled out (see
Dupont, Heth, Quesnell, Wenham [ JSNT 28 (1986) 17-
23 ]. ... Exegetically, Wenham is more convincing on
William Heth in "Another Look At The Erasmian View Of Divorce
And Remarriage", JETS Sept '82(?) quotes Wenham:
"Had the clause comes after "marries another", it would
have expressly sanctioned remarriage; while placed
before "puts away" it would have made separation
mandatory for unchastity." -p271
as a conclusion to:
"Prepositional phrases are adverbial in nature and
normally follow the unit they qualify."
1) What is the normal syntax for a phrase like MH EPI PORNEIA?
2) Are there other examples which might be noted?
Thank you for your help.
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