[b-greek] Re:(Acts 13: 48) Did I miss something?

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Thu Sep 14 2000 - 15:50:26 EDT

At 2:47 PM -0700 9/14/00, dixonps@juno.com wrote:
>On Thu, 14 Sep 2000 11:33:32 -0500 "Carl W. Conrad"
><cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu> writes:
>> With all due respect to Mark, I would, for my own part,
>> (a) rather not get into ANY discussion at all (certainly not in THIS
>> regarding THEOLOGICAL implications of other passages comparable to
>> Acts 13:48, and
>> (b) rather not prejudge or generalize about "middle/passive" forms
>> in reference to the destiny of believers; if what is learned from one
>> instance can be made to apply to another, so be it, but I think there
>> considerable danger in leaping to universal judgments from what one
>> believes to be the case in a single instance. Think for instance, of
>> Colwell's principle, and how judiciously it has to be applied to be
>> at all useful when examining instances of two substantives (supposedly)
>> governed by a single article. Generalizations (if I may generalize)
>have a
>> way of getting us into making judgments that sweep too far in a single
>> stroke.
>Er, aren't you referring to the Granville Sharp rule, rather than
>rule? Colwell's Rule says that definite predicate nominative preceding
>the copula tend to be anarthrous.
>Thanks for the solid catch on the possible over-generalization. It is
>good to be reminded of faulty logical inferencing.

You are, of course, absolutely right, Paul. Just shows ya how seriously I
take rules like Colwell's and Granville Sharp's! I guess I'm just one of
those guys who finds exceptions to rules far more interesting than
instances of conformity.


Carl W. Conrad
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