Re: PEMPTAIOI in Acts 20:7 D

From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Thu Oct 14 1999 - 15:42:24 EDT

At 12:16 PM 10/14/99 -0700, you wrote:
>I was intrigued by the reading PEMPTAIOI in Acts 20:7 D (Bezae).

Its 20:6.

Its intriguing, isnt it, that D alone has this reading, while B, L, P, 1,
88, 323, 330, 547, 945, 1175, 1270, 618, Coridithi, A, all have acri.

1243 has acrh

049, H, 056, 69, 104, 226, 440, 927, 1241, 614, 1505, 2147, 2412, 2495, 1611
have acris

Finally, P74, Sinaiticus, and E have apo.

On textual grounds the weight of evidence "against" D is astonishing. That
it is "elegant" Greek, in the words of Barrett, suggest, further, that it is

Regarding the grammatical aspect, Blass-Debrunner say "In der klass. Sprache
schliežen sich nŐhere Bestimmungen der Zeit, der Art und Weise, der
Reihenfolge usw als prŐdikativ stehende Adjektiva an ihr Beziehungswort an".
(sec. 243)

Likewise, Moulton/Turner has "In classical Greek a predicative adj.,
especially a temporal numeral ending in -aios, may correspond to an adverb,
since it defines a verb. Although this idiom is rare in NT, yet in the
neuter gender it became increasingly popular in post-classical Greek and
eventually became the regular way of forming adverbs in MGr." (vol 3, p. 225).


Jim West, ThD
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