[b-greek] RE: Noun Accenting

From: Ken Smith (kens@180solutions.com)
Date: Tue Feb 06 2001 - 16:24:23 EST

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<P><FONT SIZE=2>Other folks here on the list may have different opinions, but I've never found memorizing the accenting rules all that helpful.&nbsp; Unless you're actually wanting to write something original in Koine (not sure why you'd ever want to), the accenting rules tend to be far more confusing than they're actually worth.&nbsp; There are occasionally times when they're useful for figuring out which particular form of a word you're dealing with, but even then, I find the context and/or&nbsp; general reading experience a lot more helpful than the accent rules.&nbsp; (And remember, of course, that accents are a modern projection back onto the GNT: none of the earliest manuscripts have them.)</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>My first-year Greek prof made us memorize the accent rules for the quiz, then basically told us we could forget them -- and I've taken his advice.&nbsp; (And forget about &quot;moving on to anything more difficult&quot;.&nbsp; The accent rules were the most confusing and least helpful bit of Greek I ever learned.&nbsp; Compared to those, participles were a breeze.)</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>Ken Smith</FONT>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; I am beginning to study the New Testament Greek language and </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; have a question about a word that is used in a book that I am </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; using as a guide. </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; The book is entitled, &quot;New Testament Greek For Beginners&quot; by </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; J. Gresham Mahen.</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; My question is this...in the case of a noun, is the </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; ultima...&quot;pi, omicron, sigma&quot; ( pos) long or short?&nbsp; He says </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; that the ultima is long, but this confuses me drastically.&nbsp; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Can anyone help?&nbsp; I'm just trying to grasp the accenting </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; rules before I attempt to move on to any more difficult.</FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; </FONT>

<BR><FONT SIZE=2>&gt; Matthew Ooten</FONT>

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