TOU GNWNAI AUTON Phillipians 3 9

From: Eddie Van Gent (
Date: Sat May 06 2000 - 19:44:55 EDT


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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>Greetings</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2>According to various grammars GNWNAI is a 2nd Aorist Active
Infinitive. However, the 2nd Aorist Active is EGNWN with the </FONT><FONT
size=2>stem GNW and according to the rules an infinitive is only a deponent if
that particular tense is deponent in the finite verb form.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Second Aorist Active Infinitives have the same morpheme as the
Present Infinitive so the word to be 2nd Aorist Active would normally be GNWN -
being derived from the following-&nbsp; </FONT><FONT size=2>GNW + EEN (EIN
endings were formerly EEN, which comes into play when contraction rules are
applied) .This then would become </FONT><FONT size=2>GNWN.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>To get GNWNAI one could take the 2nd Aorist Stem GNW + HNAI
(which is the normal 2nd Aorist Passive morpheme) and end </FONT><FONT size=2>up
with&nbsp; GNWNAI after applying the rules of contraction:-</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>W + H = W</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2>I can't find any reference in the following major Greek
scholar's books that GNWNAI is a 2nd Aorist Passive Deponent:- Bill Mounce, Max
Zerwick/Mary Grosvener, Barbara &amp; Timothy Friberg, </FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2>Obviously if GNWNAI is in fact passive, the meaning of
Phillipians 3: 9 and context could alter quite significantly. </FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>Eddie Van Gent<BR>New Zealand<BR>email: <A


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