From: Mark Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 10 2000 - 00:58:13 EDT
> >I have a question concerning 1Cor 14:5:
> >TELW DE PANTAS hUMAS LALEIN GLOSSAIS, MALLON DE hINA PROFHTEUHTE, MEIZWN
> >DE hO PROFHTEUWN H hO LALWN GLWSSAIS, EKTOS EI MH DIERMHNEUHi . . .
> >In this phrase EKTOS EI MH is usually translated as "unless [he
> >interprets]". If I understand correctly, to say "unless" EI MH would be
> >enough, and EKTOS has here the same meaning. Is it redundancy, or having
> >both EKTOS and EI MH plays some role here?
>No, I think it really is a case of redundancy, not uncommon in Hellenistic
>Greek; seems rather colloquial: "'ceptin' unless ..."
To the original poster:
I can add this, although it will be of obvious minimal value:
EKTOS EI MH is composed of EKTOS EI + EI MH.
Here is pure speculation:
...except, and only except...
... if, and only if...
I can provide no support for this speculation.
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