Re: Punctuation in the Greek

From: Jim West (
Date: Mon Aug 02 1999 - 07:47:13 EDT

At 11:54 PM 8/1/99 +0000, you wrote:
>I am a novice when it comes to Greek, but I have heard that the there was
>no punctuation in the original Greek. Is that true?

Yes. The oldest mss of the NT had no punctuation- and in fact no spaces
between words on the line.

> If so, how does one
>discern the intention of the author?

Its not really hard at all. Mss were written to be read aloud- and if you
think about it- when you are speaking there is generally no break in sounds
until you reach the end of your thought.

> Your comments would be appreciated as
>would any resources that you could refer me to. Thank you.

A look at any standard introduction to the text of the New Testament will
discuss this fact.



Jim West, ThD
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