[b-greek] Re: Eph 2:14 Paragraph Question

From: Daniel L. Christiansen (dlc@multnomah.edu)
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 18:04:50 EDT

Francisco Orozco wrote:

> Hello,
> This is not a strictly a question about Greek but perhaps some of you
> can help me. In the UBS text at Eph 2:14 there is a paragraph break
> (separating it from v.13). It seems to me that v.14 is the reason or
> foundation for v.13 and so a separation is not warranted. Am I correct?

    The decision as to where one places paragraph breaks is somewhat subjective.
You may find it helpful to take a look at some other editions of the Greek NT. This
particular section is one of the places where UBS and Nestle disagree (though Nestle
27 does place an inter-paragraph break at this point). My copy of the TR does not
have any break between 2:13 & 14, but Hodges and Farstad's text does.
    I would agree with you, that the AUTOS GAR introduces either a foundation of the
preceeding clauses, or possibly a further implication of a foundation common to
2:11-13 & 2:14ff. However, to make no break at all, here, creates a very long
paragraph. The fact that there is some major mark of logical progression at v 14
(IMO) warrants some kind of break. The strong connection implied by this GAR
warrants keeping the passage integral. All in all, I like what NA27 has done, by
placing a large space within the paragraph. OK, so it's not good English style--and
it's not KOINE style--but it does get the job done :)

Daniel L. Christiansen
Professor of Biblical Languages, Portland Bible College
Adjunct Professor, Bible Department, Multnomah Bible College
(503) 820-0231

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