[b-greek] RE: Rom 9:3

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Fri Jul 07 2000 - 17:13:19 EDT

At 12:40 PM -0700 7/7/00, Dennis Hukel wrote:
>Dear List:
>As Roy Millhouse considered, the whole context of my off-line note to Mike
>Wine was not shown to the group. I recognize
>the varied usages of the imperfect, and that here it functions similarly
>as in an unreal condition; but my statement
>included the larger context of Romans chapters 9-11. If you go to the far
>end of this discourse and read 11:26 where
>Paul states "all Israel will be saved", you can see how this revelation
>affects the sense of HUCOMHN in 9:3.
>I have often heard speaches and sermons where just such a past tense ("I
>had believed that...", "I did wish for...", "I
>was going there...") was introduced very early in the discourse and left
>hanging for half an hour until the speaker
>finally got to the reason he had used a past tense in the first place. The
>reason explains why the action of what he
>was doing was no longer valid in present time.
>This appears clear enough to me (I've heard examples of it often enough),
>but no one else picked up on the
>possiblility. I would like to hear what our Co-Chairs or our experts on
>discourse analysis think of this.

I had myself thought of such a possibility, were the question to be raised,
but I wouldn't have thought the Co-chair had any authority as such on a
question of this nature. Would it were otherwise. ;-)


Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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