From: Paul Schmehl (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Feb 12 2000 - 17:10:33 EST
I wonder if anyone would care to comment on the structure of I Cor.
(I hope you'll forgive my Greek. I'm new to the list and not
completely familiar with the conventions of posting Greek here.)
UBS 4th renders the verse thus:
ALL' HMIN EIS QEOS hO PATHR EZ OU TA PANTA KAI HMEIS EIS AUTON, KAI
EIS KURIOS IHSOUS XRISTOS DI OU TA PANTA KAI HMEIS DI AUTOU.
What I'm particularly interested in is the identical phrases with
EZ OU TA PANTA KAI HMEIS EIS AUTON
DI OU TA PANTA KAI HMEIS DI AUTOU
1) Is it common to find such repetition in the GNT? In Greek in
I'm not *that* knowledgeable, having only taken two college semesters
of Classical Greek and one semester of NT Greek, but I don't recall
having seen this sort of construction before. Is there any
significance to it, linquistically. (I'm not interested in the
theological aspects of the verse, for purposes of this discussion.)
2) Is this some sort of figure of speech?
It seems to me that the complete repetition places emphasis squarely
on the prepositions. For example, were you to say, "Bob went TO the
ballgame WITH his friend, but John went FROM the ballgame ALONGSIDE
his friend", the contrast is emphasized by the use of different
prepositions contained in otherwise identical phrases.
I have searched for information about figures of speech which involve
repetition of phrases, particularly in E. W. Bullinger's "Figures of
Speech Used in the Bible", but I've not found anything that seems to
address this particular instance.
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