From: Joe A. Friberg (JoeFriberg@email.msn.com)
Date: Mon Jan 17 2000 - 03:35:10 EST
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From: "Dan Parker" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2000 2:20 PM
> The force of GINOMAI apparently signals a clear change of state or
> situation, "to come to acquire ior experience a state (Louw-Nida),"
> even a beginning of life which might refer back to the ARXH HN of
> John 1:1. This would make the imperfect HN of John 1:1 perhaps even an
> inceptive imperfect, so that hO LOGOS "came to be" EN ARXH (the when)
> and the "what" he came to be was QEOS. The manner in which he is
> QEOS is then further defined as relating to the fact that PANTA DI
> AUTOU EGENETO and that as H ZWH he became TO FWS TWN ANQRWPWN.
The term/category 'inceptive imperfect' does not seem applicable in this
concept, for the inceptive category presupposes a Narrative context. In Jn
1.1-5, the genre is Expository, not Narrative. As such, the HN's are best
taken as simple stative propositions. EGENETO as an intransitive verb in
this context does represent a change of state; it is presented as a simple
historical (non-narrative) fact. The contrast between these two verbs is
very clear; they are in complementary distribution: EGENETO indicates a
change of state, HN a simple (continuative) state.
> GINOMAI is also used in verse 14 of John 1 as the beginning of the
> existence of hO LOGOS as SARC, which might parallel the beginning of
> the H ZWH of hO LOGOS as QEOS in John 1:1
Here again, the contrast between HN and EGENETO is made clear. The parallel
serves simply to highlight the contrast.
Joe A. Friberg
> I also find the close association of GINOMAI and HN to be very
> interesting in the phrase hO GEGONEN EN AUTWi ZWH HN, with the
> continuous state of ZWH HN having had a clear beginning signaled by the
> non stative GINOMAI in hO GEGONEN.
> Therefore it might be stated that what came to be in him WAS ZHW,
> not merely the quality of ZWH for how can one have the quality of ZWH
> without being literally alive?
> Dan Parker
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