Re: kai

From: Steven Craig Miller (
Date: Wed Oct 13 1999 - 16:58:47 EDT

To: Bart Ehrman,

<< What are the arguments, if there are any, against starting a Greek
sentence with the word "kai" (i.e., with punctuating a text with a full
stop before a kai). (Does anyone know of any books that begin with kai?) >>

Leviticus LXX, Numbers LXX, Joshua LXX, Judges LXX, 2 & 3 & 4 Kings LXX, 2
Paralipomenon LXX, 1 & 2 Esdras LXX, 1 Maccabees, Micah LXX, Jonah LXX,
Lamentations LXX, and Ezekial LXX, all begin with KAI.

LSJM, under KAI A.II, gives examples of KAI beginning a sentence, and cites
one example of KAI beginning a speech.

Homer begins a sentence with KAI in the Iliad at 2.377, 4.43, 9.502, etc.
and in the Odyssey at 7.24, 9.190, etc.

-Steven Craig Miller

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