From: Roe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jun 20 2000 - 18:56:55 EDT
Thanks Carl, and others, for your help.
> For what it's worth, Philippians 2:1 is interesting...
Yes, and, having not seen that before, I'm comforted to hear you say the
construction appeared strange before stumbling across it alone...
I was about to send this to the list when I noticed that I was
responding to a mail sent directly to me. I'll send it anyway here,
though it doesn't specifically address your post. Someone wrote to me:
> Although ADELFOS would refer to a male, the plural ADELFOI can
> refer to males and females.
But what about the indefinite singular...? What if one wants to say "If
any 'brother'...", meaning any of 'the brethren' -- brother or sister?
Would one have to say "EI TIS ADELFOS hH ADELFH..."? or could one
simply say "EI TIS ADELFOS..."?
Looking (from a novice's perspective) at passages like the following
leads me to think the latter masculine-only rendition might work...
1 Cor 3:18 ... EI TIS DOKEI SOFOS EINAI...
1 Cor 14:37 EI TIS DOKEI PROFHTHS EINAI...
Jams 1:23 hOTI EI TIS AKROATHS LOGOU ESTIN...
James 1:26 EI TIS DOKEI QRHSKOS EINAI...
These cases have TIS referred to with a masculine adjective or noun.
Yet, they don't seem to be masculine-specific.
I think I failed to ask what I really question: How (or with what
gender) does one express the singular indefinite person? It *seems* to
me to be with the masculine...
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